Dear Richard Madeley: ‘My girlfriend’s long Covid seems to come and go’

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Anon, via emailWell, this isn’t far short of an accusation of malingering, so you need to be very sure of your facts. And on the face of it, I don’t think you have anything like enough for any definitive conclusions.You say Covid reduced a ‘cheerful, sporty’ young woman to a shadow of her former self, and she is only now starting to recover.

I think it is understandable that she should begin by picking up the pieces that are easiest for her. She will feel more comfortable among her family and old friends: the extra effort involved in seeing those you’ve brought into the relationship will be daunting.You must allow your girlfriend to take this difficult, unfamiliar path at her own pace.

At any rate, you are absolutely right not to share even a smidgen of your suspicions with her. That could undermine her belief that she is making progress, however slow, and would upset her, too.It may be a cliché, but it’s worth repeating: time is the great healer.We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism.We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future.Thank you for your support.Need help?Visit our page..

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