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Doctors, Recovering Patients Concerned With Lingering, Long-Term COVID-19 Symptoms

Sunday 2 August 2020


From US news outlet Fox 13 News Salt Lake City:


Fox 13 News Salt Lake City

Doctors, recovering patients concerned with lingering, long-term COVID-19 symptoms

By Brian Schnee
July 27, 2020
Scripps Local Media. © 2020 Scripps Media, Inc.

SALT LAKE CITY -- As more and more COVID-19 patients recover, additional concerns over long-term effects and lingering symptoms are becoming present.

On social media, the term "long hauler" represents a person who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms for longer than a month.

“I’ve had patients who when they initially got sick were saying home, but two months later were still having fevers, aches, night sweats, sleep disturbance, kind of shooting pains in their body. Not as much diarrhea. Many patients are still having problems with the sense of smell,” said Dr. Dixie Harris, a pulmonary critical care physician at Intermountain Healthcare.

Dr. Harris has seen lingering effects from the virus in both patients who sought hospitalized care, including ventilators, and those who handled their symptoms at home with self-care.

“It’s kind of a cruel, wicked disease because it gets the blood vessels. It’s the nerves, it’s the GI tract, it’s the lungs, it goes throughout the body and also in some patients it creates a terrible inflammatory process,” said Dr. Harris.

New studies are emerging on a "post-virus chronic fatigue syndrome," which emphasizes the time it’s taking the body to heal and recover.


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