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