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I'm A COVID Long-Hauler. Even After Testing Negative, I Suffered For Months

Wednesday 26 August 2020

 

From Indian news outlet The Print:

 

Margot Gage Witvliet
Margot Gage Witvliet was hospitalized with COVID-19 in
March. More than four months later, she has yet to recover.
(Margot Gage Witvliet via The Conversation)
 

I’m a Covid long-hauler. Even after testing negative, I suffered for months

It’s still unclear why COVID-19 impacts some people more severely than others. What made matters worse in the beginning my test was negative and I had no fever.

By Margot Gage Witvliet
17 August 2020
Copyright © 2020 Printline Media Pvt. Ltd. All rights reserved.

Imagine being young and healthy, a nonsmoker with no preexisting health conditions, and then waking up one morning feeling like you were being suffocated by an unseen force. Back in March, this was my reality.

I had just returned from Europe, and roughly 10 days later started having flu-like symptoms. I became weak overnight and had trouble breathing. It felt like jogging in the Rocky Mountains without being in condition, only I wasn’t moving. I went to the hospital, where I was tested for COVID-19.

I was one of the first people in Texas given a non-FDA-approved test. My results came back negative. As a social epidemiologist who deals with big data, I was certain it was a false negative.

More than four months later, the symptoms have not gone away. My heart still races even though I am resting. I cannot stay in the sun for long periods; it zaps all of my energy. I have gastrointestinal problems, ringing in the ears and chest pain.

I’m what’s known as a long-hauler – part of a growing group of people who have COVID-19 and have never fully recovered. Fatigue is one of the most common persistent symptoms, but there are many others, including the cognitive effects people often describe as brain fog. As more patients face these persistent symptoms, employers will have to find ways to work with them. It’s too soon to say we’re disabled, but it’s also too soon to know how long the damage will last.

 

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