Freya Sawbridge was infected with Covid-19 in March 2020, says The Spinoff. Eighteen months later, she still was suffering symptoms. Like other so-called long-haulers, she worries that too few of us understand the long term risks of contracting even a mild case of Covid-19. ‘Long Covid’ is on track to become the biggest disabling event in modern history, partly due to the transmissibility of Omicron and the misconception that only those with severe cases go on to develop long Covid. But the long-term effects are severe, and even mild cases are suffering organ damage or brain shrinkage a year after “recovering” from Covid.