Fit, young people who are driving spike can suffer from coronavirus for months, warns Grant Shapps


FIT, young people who are driving the coronavirus spike can still suffer with its after effects for months, Grant Shapps warned today.

The Transport Secretary said even though young people were less likely to catch it and to fall very ill, some people still can.


Thousands of Brits who have come down with covid have experienced problems with their health for a long time after they have technically recovered.

Mr Shapps said today it would be wrong to give younger age groups greater freedom than the elderly under the new rules.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “I think it would be quite wrong as a society to say we will let (Covid-19) run rampant within part of the population – not least because that population can get quite seriously ill and it can last for quite a long time – and everybody else has to hide away like hermits.

“I don’t think that would be the right way to run a society.”

Young people are behind the latest spike in the virus, experts have revealed this week.

Alarming numbers show that England’s Covid infection rates have rocketed from 12.5 per 100,000 last week, to 19.7 this week.

But the rate is far higher among Brits in their late teens and 20s.

Among 17 to 18 year-olds it stands at a staggering 48.1 per 100,000.

Among 19 to 21 year-olds it is even higher at 54.5, while among 20 to 29 year-old it is 41.6 per 100,000.

But it is no higher among school age children.

Senior scientists fear soaring numbers of Brits will end up in hospital and could even die from Covid unless infection rates are quickly and drastically slashed.

Many Brits have report feeling exhausted and suffering with other symptoms six months after catching it.

Jeanne Jarvis-Gibson contracted the virus in March and has since struggled with breathing difficulties.

Jeanne Jarvis-Gibson contracted the virus in March and is still struggling with breathing issues

Jeanne Jarvis-Gibson contracted the virus in March and is still struggling with breathing issues

Both women were fit and healthy before contracting the virus and have now been left exhausted.

Jeanne, used to lift weights and ran almost every day before her Covid symptoms began in March.

The 27-year-old, who studies at the University of Liverpool, but is originally from Maryland in the US said she has been unable to run since and has only just managed to try yoga.

She had no pre-existing conditions but at the peak of her illness required antibiotics for a chest infection, suffering breathing difficulties which have improved but still remain.

“There were days I was scared to go to sleep because I was scared of not breathing.

“I am very tired of being tired… I want to be able to explore and do fun activities without my body hindering and slowing me down.

“I am a 27-year-old fit woman, and it hit me very hard… and these long term symptoms are still scary for me.”

Jess revealed that she is living in a “limbo of death” and cannot walk or play with her children.

Jess is pictured with her partner Fraser above - she says she still has no sense of taste or smell

Jess is pictured with her partner Fraser above – she says she still has no sense of taste or smell 

The mum-of-two is still suffering nearly sixth months after contracting the coronavirus.

The 33-year-old who lives in Devon with her family said she is battling with fatigue.

“I have chronic fatigue now, so if I do something simple like opening the blinds in the morning I have to sit down after doing that.

“I can’t play with the kids properly, I can’t work, I can’t do anything without getting breathless.”

Now Jess can barely walk up the stairs unaided.

 “I was fit and healthy before, this is from the Covid. I was in the gym three times a week and could lift 90kg dead weights, but now I can’t even lift my two year old.

“It’s like being in limbo of life and death, because I can’t live. “

Up to 60,000 Brits have reportedly been suffering with so-called ‘Long Covid’.

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