I hate to pile on, but this is simply not true. It's a nursing home issue, it's a health worker issue, it's a meat packing plant issue, it's a poverty issue, it's a homeless issue etc. etc. I don't know if anyone has heard the term "long-haulers" yet, but it's a group of people who have suffered with symptoms too mild for hospital treatment, but too severe to function on a day to day basis - for weeks and months. Because they haven't been hospitalized (or in some cases, diagnosed), the statistics don't include them.
COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months
The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.
Story by Ed Yong
JUNE 4, 2020
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For vonny leclerc, day one was March 16.
Hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instated stringent social-distancing measures to halt the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, LeClerc, a Glasgow-based journalist, arrived home feeling shivery and flushed. Over the next few days, she developed a cough, chest pain, aching joints, and a prickling sensation on her skin. After a week of bed rest, she started improving. But on day 12, every old symptom returned, amplified and with reinforcements: She spiked an intermittent fever, lost her sense of taste and smell, and struggled to breathe.
When I spoke with LeClerc on day 66, she was still experiencing waves of symptoms. “Before this, I was a fit, healthy 32-year-old,” she said. “Now I’ve been reduced to not being able to stand up in the shower without feeling fatigued. I’ve tried going to the supermarket and I’m in bed for days afterwards. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.” Despite her best efforts, LeClerc has not been able to get a test, but “every doctor I’ve spoken to says there’s no shadow of a doubt that this has been COVID,” she said. Today is day 80.