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It's Not Just a Virus! Lived Experiences of People Diagnosed With COVID-19 Infection in Denmark

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The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of people infected with the coronavirus in Denmark during the first phase of the pandemic. An explorative qualitative design underpinned by a phenomenological hermeneutical approach was applied. Fifteen individuals with confirmed COVID-19 infection were included and interviewed individually by telephone. Analyses were inspired by Ricoeur's interpretation theory. The study illuminated how being diagnosed with COVID-19 was experienced not just a virus infecting the participants' biology; it was also a threat to their existence and bodily perception as well as an interference in ordinary social relationships. Beyond a supportive approach, the participants experienced being a special case where people around them acted with excitement and curiosity. Responsibility for existential and emotional care after COVID-19 has been placed with the individual ill person and within their ordinary social circle. We suggest follow-up and rehabilitation for people during and after COVID-19 to support recovery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume31
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)822-834
Number of pages13
ISSN1049-7323
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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  • coronavirus, COVID-19, Europe, patient perspective, phenomenological hermeneutical, qualitative, qualitative study, Ricoeur

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