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'This Is Real': COVID-19 Long-Hauler's Months Of Agony

Sunday 12 July 2020


From Agence-France Presse (via Yahoo! News):


Scott Krakower
Scott Krakower, a psychiatrist, poses in front of his home
in Port Washington on Long Island, New York.

'This is real': COVID-19 long-hauler's months of agony

By Issam Ahmed
Agence-France Presse
11 July 2020
Copyright © 2020 Agence-France Presse / Yahoo! News.

Child psychiatrist Scott Krakower tested positive for COVID-19 back in mid-April, but three months on there are still days he feels overwhelmingly tired, short of breath, and unable to speak because of a hoarse throat.

The 40-year-old New Yorker is among a wave of patients being referred to as "long-haulers," whose recovery period extends far beyond the two or so weeks that are the average length of the illness.

He told AFP there are days he encounters "self-skepticism," wondering if the symptoms he's going through are real and he should be back at work -- until, for example, he takes a walk and his parents or wife who are on the phone with him notice he's gasping.

This phenomenon is attributed to a mysterious post-viral illness that is still poorly understood -- but increasingly reported by patients, who are sharing their experiences online in forums like the Long Covid Support Group on Facebook with more than 5,000 members.

"Just when I think I'm on a roll and have like three or four good days, I'll have about three or four hours where again I can't speak or my lymph node starts swelling on the right side of my neck," Krakower said in a video interview from his home in Long Island.


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