Shaun Ryder believes he has long covid

‘I wake up with no energy and spend the day falling asleep’: Shaun Ryder believes he has long covid… having contracted the virus from his daughters filming Stand Up To Cancer

Shaun Ryder has detailed his battle with coronavirus – and how he believes he is suffering from long covid.

Appearing on Breakfast on Wednesday morning, The former Happy Mondays and Black Grape star, 58, said: ‘Every now and then, I wake up with no energy, and I spend that day falling asleep.’

Asked whether he thinks he has long covid – which 500,000 people in the UK are suffering from currently after battling COVID-19 – Shaun said: ‘I haven’t been told that but it just comes out of nowhere: I’m fine then – boom!

Shaun Ryder has detailed his battle with coronavirus – and how he believes he is suffering from long covid

‘I get up one day and I’m gone, and I’m like that all day!’

Explaining how he originally contracted covid from two of his daughters, who were asymptomatic, he said: ‘We were out doing Stand Up To Cancer. We’d been to London, mixing with people, having covid tests every day while we were filming…

‘I got home – the two girls had got it but had no symptoms. I got it, ended up in bed for two or three weeks!’

Shaun – a father of six – has spoken candidly about his health in the past, but has insisted that his previous drug addition and hedonistic past has nothing to do with his current health woes.

Chat: He appeared on Breakfast on Wednesday morning. The former Happy Mondays and Black Grape star, 58, said, ‘Every now and then, I wake up with no energy, and I spend that day falling asleep!’

Asked whether he thinks he has long covid – which 500,000 people in the UK are suffering from currently after battling COVID-19 – Shaun said: ‘I haven’t been told that but it just comes out of nowhere: I’m fine then – boom!’

He admitted his heath ‘is not what it used to be’, but said that although ‘crack and meth’ eroded his teeth, his drug use has had no other effects.

Shaun – who suffers from alopecia and was diagnosed with ADHD last year – explained to The Guardian earlier this year: ‘I was a heroin addict for 20-odd years, but there’s been no damage off that. I’ve never had anything wrong with me until I was 53.’  

Speaking about his hair loss, Shaun revealed he turned to skin micropigmentation – a cosmetic technique used to replicate the natural look of features such as hair.

Discussing how he had been advised by a doctor to stop using a testosterone gel that he had been prescribed due to an under-active thyroid, Shaun said he started to lose his hair weeks later.

He said: ‘Within a week I had no beard, no hair, no hair on my body.’

LONG COVID: WHAT IS IT AND COULD IT BE FOUR DIFFERENT SYNDROMES?

Covid-19 is described as a short-term illness caused by infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Public health officials tend to say people will recover within two weeks or so. 

However it’s become increasingly clear that this is not the case for everyone, and that the two-week period is only the ‘acute illness’ phase.

The North Bristol NHS Trust’s Discover project, which is studying the longer-term effects of coronavirus, found that out of a total of 110 patients given a three-month check up, most (74 per cent) had at least one persistent symptom after twelve weeks. The most common were:

  • Excessive fatigue: 39%
  • Breathlessness: 39%
  • Insomnia: 24%  
  • Muscle pain: 23%
  • Chest pain: 13%
  • Cough: 12%
  • Loss of smell: 12%
  • Headache, fever, joint pain and diarrhoea: Each less than 10% 

Other long term symptoms that have been reported by Covid-19 survivors, both suspected and confirmed, anecdotally, include hearing problems, ‘brain fog’, memory loss, lack of concentration, mental health problems and hair loss.

The impact of Long Covid on people who had mild illness have not been studied in depth yet.  

Data from the King’s College London symptom tracking app shows that up to 500,000 people in the UK are currently suffering from the long-term effects of Covid-19.

In October, scientists claimed Long Covid could actually be split into four different syndromes.  

Academics at the National Institute for Health Research — headed up by Professor Chris Whitty — were asked to review the limited evidence on long Covid to help both patients and doctors understand the ‘phenomenon’. 

Their findings warned that even children can suffer and it can’t be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 are also at low risk of lasting side effects.

Doctors cautioned some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in ‘long-haulers’, as they are known, could be down to lockdowns, as opposed to the virus itself. 

The experts also claimed that the symptoms could be grouped into four different groups: 

  • Post intensive care syndrome (PICS)
  • Post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS) 
  • Permanent organ damage (POD)  
  • Long term Covid syndrome (LTCS) 

Health: Shaun said although ‘crack and meth’ eroded his teeth, his drug use has had no other effects on his health (pictured with Black Grape in 1996)

Honest: Shaun revealed he had turned to skin micropigmentation – a cosmetic technique used to replicate the natural look of features such as hair 

In 2020, Shaun was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) after two of his daughters were given the same diagnosis.

He told the outlet that this helped him to make sense of the reckless behaviours he displayed in his earlier years.

‘This ADHD thing explains a lot: the impulsive behaviour, the drugs from a young age, not learning the alphabet until I was 28…

‘Education is about remembering stuff and I could never remember anything, so I didn’t get an education.’

Scary: Last year, Shaun revealed he faced a cancer scare during the first lockdown due to a benign growth on his testicle (pictured with Bez in 1989)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.  

Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.

ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

WHAT IS ADHD? 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioural condition defined by inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.

It affects around five per cent of children in the US. Some 3.6 per cent of boys and 0.85 per cent of girls suffer in the UK. 

Symptoms typically appear at an early age and become more noticeable as a child grows. These can also include:

  • Constant fidgeting 
  • Poor concentration
  • Excessive movement or talking
  • Acting without thinking
  • Little or no sense of danger 
  • Careless mistakes
  • Forgetfulness 
  • Difficulty organising tasks
  • Inability to listen or carry out instructions 

Most cases are diagnosed between six and 12 years old. Adults can also suffer, but there is less research into this.

ADHD’s exact cause is unclear but is thought to involve genetic mutations that affect a person’s brain function and structure.

Premature babies and those with epilepsy or brain damage are more at risk. 

ADHD is also linked to anxiety, depression, insomnia, Tourette’s and epilepsy.  

There is no cure. 

A combination of medication and therapy is usually recommended to relieve symptoms and make day-to-day life easier. 

Source: NHS Choices 

The star was famed for his hedonistic lifestyle in the 90s at the peak of the Happy Mondays’ career, but cleaned up his act after meeting his second wife Joanne Ryder.

The musician – who shares two daughters with Joanne and has four other children from previous relationships – kicked his drugs habit during his forties.

Shaun famously lost his teeth after excessive use of crack, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin, leading him to spend £25,000 on rebuilding his smile.

He has now been off drugs and alcohol for 12 years and has not had a cigarette in five, after smoking his first aged just 10.

Last year, Shaun revealed he faced a cancer scare during the first lockdown due to a benign growth on his testicle.

The doting father said he thought he could ‘never die’ but the health scare put things in perspective.

He explained to The Sun he was suffering from a strange growth on his testicle, and despite being told it isn’t cancerous, it was causing him discomfort since it was ‘pressing on a nerve’.

Shaun shared at the time: ‘This non-malignant growth in my testicle is pressing on a nerve…

‘It’s like having really bad toothache in your b***s. I can have the growth chucked out but I should’ve gone before lockdown started.’

The cancer scare put things into perspective for Shaun.

He explained: ‘I was one of those dudes who never thought I could die, no matter what. I now think I’m not invincible. It doesn’t worry me about dying…

‘It’s just that because I’ve got young kids, who are now 11 and 12, and I don’t want to go because of them.

‘The other ones have grown up but these two are still young, so it’s like ‘F***ing hell, I can’t go anywhere because of them. That’s what I panic about.’

Shaun has battled several ailments in recent years, including arthritis, alopecia, a thyroid problem and panic attacks, and on top of it all, his whole family were struck by coronavirus last year.

The star was most recently seen on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside former Happy Mondays bandmate and best friend Bez.

Best friends: Shaun appears on Celebrity Gogglebox alongside former Happy Mondays bandmate and best friend Bez

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