Health researchers want to hear from Gypsies and Travellers who have had Long Covid
A group of researchers from across the UK are wanting to hear from people from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities about their experiences with ‘Long Covid’.
Long Covid refers to Covid-19 symptoms that are still ongoing 12+ weeks after getting sick with Covid.
Cervantee Wild, one of the researchers on the project, says, “Covid-19 has had a huge impact on families and communities throughout Britain, including Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. I’m really keen hear the stories of people who are still unwell after getting Covid, and it’s important to me that their voices are heard.”
When someone in a family has Long Covid, it has a big impact on other members of their family too. Most people with Long Covid are managing at home in the context of family life. Some families may have been more affected by Long Covid than others, such as those who already face challenges accessing healthcare.
Story telling (in this case, a friendly online interview) is a useful way of understanding the true impact of Long Covid on people’s lives and their families.
“It’s only through listening to people that we can make things better. We want to use this information to help improve services for people dealing with Long Covid,” adds Cervantee Wild.
People who take part in the research receive a £30 voucher to thank them for their time and experiences. Anyone from the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller communities who would like to know more is welcome to call/text/WhatsApp Cervantee Wild on +447795390269.
More information about the study can be found on the website: https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/research/health-experiences/understanding-experiences-of-Long-covid-in-families
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