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Puzzling, Often Debilitating After-Effects Plaguing COVID-19 "Long-Haulers"

Wednesday 2 December 2020


From CBS's 60 Minutes:


Sadie Nagamootoo
Sadie Nagamootoo

Puzzling, often debilitating after-effects plaguing COVID-19 "long-haulers"

Doctors are still searching for answers to why a portion of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 are still suffering symptoms months later. Anderson Cooper reports.

Correspondent: Anderson Cooper
November 22, 2020
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COVID-19 was initially thought to be a disease that was serious for the elderly and people with preexisting conditions. A potentially tough, but temporary respiratory illness for everyone else. But now, eight months into the pandemic, younger patients who have had relatively mild cases of COVID, are showing up in doctors offices and emergency rooms with mysterious and debilitating symptoms. It's not unusual for viruses to cause aftereffects, but as you'll hear tonight, doctors tell us they've never seen anything like this. While researchers around the world are scrambling to figure out what's happening, Mount Sinai Hospital here in New York opened one of the first centers to study and treat people with what they're calling "Post-acute COVID Syndrome." The patients we met have a less clinical term - they call themselves "long-haulers."

Sadie Nagamootoo: It's like a, a like a viral tornado (SIGH) that goes in you and kind of just messes you up and then-- like, it kind of leaves. But leaves something behind.

Anderson Cooper: It leaves the rubble that a tornado leaves behind--

Sadie Nagamootoo: The rubble, yeah. It leaves the damage behind.


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