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No One Knows Why These Covid-19 Patients Symptoms Keep Relapsing
Tuesday 9 June 2020
No one knows why these Covid-19 patients’ symptoms keep relapsing
“When am I going to be free from this?”: The mystery of coronavirus relapse.
On April 11, more than a month after she first fell ill with Covid-19, Melanie Montano spritzed perfume around her bedroom to test her senses. She couldn’t smell anything.
The next morning, Montano woke up and noticed a “faintly fragrant” scent; her symptoms were finally subsiding. She had more energy for household chores, phone calls with friends, and remote work.
“I felt a massive wave of encouragement zap me back to life,” said Montano, 32, who lives in New Jersey. Then, five days later, fever, shortness of breath, and crippling gastrointestinal issues suddenly returned. “This has been the pattern, on-and-off, ever since.” Now, more than two months after she first fell ill, Montano still has symptoms.
In May, the World Health Organization announced that Covid-19 recoveries were taking longer than expected and that some patients were experiencing what appeared to be a “relapse” of symptoms. This contradicted an earlier WHO report, which stated that recovery for non-severe Covid-19 cases should only take two weeks. That guidance has been questioned, as more stories of long recoveries and lingering symptoms emerge.
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