The Wider Image: The faces in the fog of 'long COVID'
A combination picture shows long COVID sufferer Nuria Sepulveda, a 44-year-old self-employed worker who co-owns a courier franchise, posing for a photograph taken through blue plastic, and a wheel of her bicycle photographed through blue plastic, in Madrid, Spain, April 9, 2021. The photographs were taken through blue plastic to visualise the effects of long COVID. Sepulveda got sick on March 12, 2020, during the first wave of the disease, and she had to visit the emergency room on several occasions for symptoms that ended up being diagnosed as double pneumonia, bowel bleeding and urine infection among others. She tried to return to work in November, but the fatigue was so overwhelming that "3 hours of work felt like a 12-hour work day." An avid sports practitioner, she remembers the exact date her body gave her some relief to get back on the bicycle. "When I felt the fatigue that had been dragging me down for months was getting a bit better, I got my bike out. It was September, 28. I will never forget it, it was the first day I was able to practice sports again. I couldn't help crying," she said. Sepulveda believes we have two lives, the second one starts when we realise we only have one. REUTERS/Susana Vera SEARCH "SPAIN LONGCOVID" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES