Long Covid. Millions of people around the world have reported symptoms of Covid-19 more than twelve weeks after getting the disease.

Now research by scientists in the UK has identified three different types of long Covid. Some people suffer brain fog and headaches; others have breathing problems; and a third group experience a range of symptoms.

Key words and phrases

unknown enemy
something that can harm you, but you don’t know how

  • Online bullies are an unknown enemy. You don’t know how they’ll attack you.
  • Climate change is an unknown enemy. Nobody knows exactly what’s going to happen.

goes up quickly

  • Prices are rocketing. I can’t afford anything.
  • Demand for fans has rocketed during the heatwave.

being sold
being persuaded about an idea that might not be right

  • I’m being sold the idea I can learn a language in 3 months.
  • He tried to sell me the idea the Moon landings were fake.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:21 – Story
1:25 – Headline 1: The Guardian: The Guardian view on long Covid: an unknown enemy
3:20 – Headline 2: ITV: Demand for Long Covid services rockets as thousands battle the condition
5:00 – Headline 3: The Conversation: Ivermectin, blood washing, ozone: how long COVID survivors are being sold the next round of miracle cures
6:53 – Language summary

For a quiz and downloads, check out our website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/newsreview-2022/unit-1/session-32

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