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COVID-19 Long-Haulers: 'Infuriated' And Unheard

Friday 2 October 2020


From US newspaper The Globe Post:


42nd Street in Manhattan
A deserted 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan on April 19.
(Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP)

COVID-19 Long-Haulers: ‘Infuriated’ and Unheard

By Anya Ruppert
September 22, 2020
© 2020 The Globe Post.

Hair loss, vision problems, extreme fatigue, and nausea.

For the 6.7 million Americans already infected with COVID-19, the realization of what recovery might entail is troubling. The median time from onset to clinical recovery ranges from two to six weeks, but for those experiencing symptoms months after infection, questions are raised.

Since contracting the virus half a year ago, Lois Pryce from the UK has been “really infuriated,” she shared with The Globe Post.

Pryce began feeling exhausted and her limbs began to ache two days after returning from Spain in March. “A five-minute phone conversation had caused my lungs to seize. My chest felt as if it was being crushed. I couldn’t get any air. I couldn’t speak,” she recalled in an article.

Pryce is not alone. She is among an increasing number of survivors known as “long-haulers” who experience persistent, debilitating symptoms but are not considered sick enough to be hospitalized.

What’s more, the group shares a common conception that their symptoms are blatantly dismissed by medical professionals.


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