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Long Covid is no joke. Here’s what we know about it so far


Long Covid is no joke. Here’s what we know about it so far

One patient said her skin felt ‘like a blowtorch was being held to it’

Robert Langreth

Tasha Clark tested positive for Covid-19 on April 8 2020. The Connecticut woman, now 41, was relieved that her symptoms at the time — diarrhoea, sore throat and body aches — didn’t seem particularly severe. She never got a fever and wasn’t hospitalised. So she figured that if the virus didn’t kill her, within weeks she’d go back to her job and caring for her two children.

She significantly miscalculated. More than a year later, she’s a textbook example of a Covid long-hauler.

Clark suffers from an array of disabling symptoms including blowtorch-like nerve pain and loss of sensation in her arms and legs, spine inflammation that makes it difficult to sit up straight, brain fog, dizziness and a soaring heart-rate when she stands. She takes steroids and nine other prescription medicines, including twice-monthly infusions of immune therapy at a Yale University clinic to treat the neurological complications...

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