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Coronavirus Patients With Even Mild Cases Of COVID-19 Are Taking Months To Recover And Suffering Extreme Fatigue
Wednesday 20 May 2020
Coronavirus patients with even mild cases of COVID-19 are taking months to recover and suffering extreme fatigue
As a professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Paul Garner is well qualified to talk about disease.
He also has COVID-19.
"It's the worst illness I've ever had," he told 7.30.
"I've had dengue. I've had malaria. I've never been as ill as this and it's been really frightening because it's so unpredictable."
He is on day 59 since being diagnosed.
"The disease comes at you when you least expect it," he said.
"You feel quite well and then suddenly in the afternoon it slaps you round the head like a cricket bat.
"The length of the illness completely floored me.
Professor Garner is still dealing with exhaustion.
"It gives you some of the symptoms that are very similar to chronic fatigue but I am hesitant about calling it that," he said.
"If we call it COVID fatigue we know where we are.
"I have sympathy for people with chronic fatigue syndrome now, and I believe this disease fast-tracks you into experiencing these symptoms."
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