MAYVILLE, N.Y.: – Most individuals who get well from COVID-19 accomplish that inside a number of weeks, but about 10 % of survivors expertise long-term well being points that may wreak havoc for months. These “long-haulers” expertise a spread of signs, mostly excessive fatigue, problem concentrating, shortness of breath, cough, joint ache, and chest ache. Different reported signs embrace cognitive issues, melancholy, hair loss, muscle ache, fast heartbeat and intermittent fever. Lengthy-term COVID-19 is extremely disruptive to an individual’s life.
Chautauqua County resident Vicki Cummings is one such COVID-19 long-hauler and needed to share her expertise with this unpredictable, and typically fairly vicious, virus. In an interview with Chautauqua County Public Well being Nurse, Janelle Hartloff, Vicki mentioned her COVID-19 an infection and ongoing battle with long-term well being points.
Cummings began experiencing signs of fever, chills, and sore throat on January 4, 2021 and was identified with COVID-19 on January 10. After three weeks, though nonetheless weak, she returned to her job however after about one other three weeks, she couldn’t proceed due to excessive fatigue, weak point and complications. That was mid-February and Vicki nonetheless has not been capable of return to work.
Cummings says she has at all times been fairly wholesome and doesn’t need anybody to suppose that they’ll’t get it. She has by no means had lung, respiratory or coronary heart points. She doesn’t smoke, practiced an lively way of life, maintained a wholesome weight and had no recognized underlying well being situations. But all she needed to do was sleep, stating, “that’s just about all I did for 2 months.” She describes how the fatigue and different signs comparable to the lack to breathe, complications, and muscle weak point continued to plague her. “I can nonetheless really feel the weak point . . . I felt like I misplaced each muscle in my legs . . . I really feel like I needed to be taught to stroll once more virtually.”
Cummings has had at the least three journeys to the emergency room with extreme shortness of breath, chest tightness and hypertension. She describes these experiences as scary and “how I assumed I used to be going to go.” Along with virtually weekly visits together with her main care doctor, Cummings sought assist from many specialists, together with a heart specialist, pulmonologist, and neurologist. Take a look at outcomes didn’t present something conclusive so regardless of lingering and debilitating signs, no actual therapy choices have existed.
Emotions of melancholy and hopelessness are inevitable. Cummings has joined help teams for long-haulers and has talked with researchers on the College at Buffalo, Jacobs Faculty of Medication. She is grateful for a powerful help system in household, youngsters, and colleagues and acknowledges that others have fared even worse than she has, with studies of suicide associated to psychological anguish from struggling with these long-term well being results.
“If I had one factor to say, I hope that, particularly these youthful youngsters, would get on the market and get vaccinated. You simply by no means know. I’d not want this on anyone.” Cummings describes beginning to really feel a bit of higher and is hopeful that she will be able to return to work late summer season.
“I love Vicki’s braveness, power and need to assist others by sharing such a private expertise,” stated Christine Schuyler, County Public Well being Director. “The advantages of vaccination far outweigh any actual or perceived dangers and as Vicki proves, COVID-19 is a scary virus that may trigger lasting well being results.”
Cummings’s interview could be considered at www.healthychq.com.
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