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A Tortoise File

A year of Covid

We’ve all been affected by the pandemic, but few as severely as Geoff Woolf, the father of reporter Nicky Woolf. This is the story of his 306 days in hospital – and beyond.

A year of Covid

First published
Monday 8 February 2021

Last updated
Sunday 21 February 2021

Why this story?

Last March, when Nicky Woolf’s father Geoff went into hospital with a fever, few of us really appreciated how much the coronavirus would affect our lives. Now, almost a year later, the wreckage is all too clear. Geoff himself ended up spending 306 days in hospital, at first in intensive care, then almost given up for dead, then dealing with the neurological damage wreaked upon his body.

This File is about those 306 days: the story of Geoff’s ordeal, as told by Nicky. But it’s also about now, the time afterwards. As Geoff’s experience demonstrates, the path out of Covid takes a lot of effort and will require all sorts of treatments. Ceri Thomas and Peter Hoskin, editors