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'What If I Don't Get Better?' Some COVID-19 Survivors Struggle With Symptoms For Weeks, Even Months, Mystifying Doctors

Monday 6 July 2020


From US newspaper the Chicago Tribune:


Candy Malina
Candy Malina, seen outside her Chicago home
on June 10, 2020, survived her bout with the
COVID-19 virus but continues to feel ill effects
more than two months later.
(Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

‘What if I don’t get better?’ Some COVID-19 survivors struggle with symptoms for weeks, even months, mystifying doctors.

By Angie Leventis Lourgos
June 30, 2020
Copyright © 2020, Chicago Tribune.

Candy Malina of the Lakeview East neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March, with a cough and flu-like illness she described as debilitating but never life-threatening or requiring emergency care.

Yet more than three months later, the 60-year-old social service agency administrator says she still suffers from lingering symptoms: hoarseness, coughing and gastric issues, along with an unrelenting fatigue that makes it difficult to function.

Since her diagnosis, she has tested negative for the virus twice. A positive serology test showed that her body is producing COVID-19 antibodies. But she does not feel recovered.

“I just passed 100 days … and I still have that intense feeling of fatigue and ‘brain fog’ every day,” said Malina, who has mild asthma but was otherwise healthy prior to the virus. “I have not been able to drive yet or walk more than a few blocks.”

She is among an emerging group of COVID-19 survivors, dubbed the “long-haulers,” who endure symptoms for weeks — even months — past the expected recovery period, mystifying physicians and scientists who are still grappling to understand the new virus.


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