The after-effects of COVID-19

by Karin L. Nauber

If you are like most people, you are sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the changing of the calendar year does not put an automatic end to the virus or the ongoing pandemic.

There have been a lot of numbers thrown around since the beginning of all of this from how many tests have been performed to how many people are or have been positive to how many have died.

Now we can add to that the number of people being vaccinated.

The mind-numbing statistics keep flowing, but the answers are not clear even with the vaccine which the drug companies have said will be the end to COVID-19.

There have been more than 321,000 people in the United States alone, according to information from John Hopkins University, who have died from the disease. That number includes people of all ages, backgrounds, and is fairly equal between men and women. The majority of the deceased are older Americans.

However, this disease has impacted nearly every person in some way.

There have been more than 18.1 million cases identified in the United States.

However, something that isn’t always talked about is that evidence supports the fact that people who have tested positive for COVID-19 could test positive for several months after they have recovered.

Some people may also suffer from what is being called long-COVID.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, long-COVID has several potential things that the person can experience including:

• Constant fatigue

• Weird temperature fluctuations

• Irregular sleep

• Brain fog

• Organ damage

“The idea that you get infected, either get no symptoms or you die — and if you don’t die, you’re okay — that’s just not true,” Dr. Fauci said. “There are going to be a lot of things that we’re going to be following that people are going to have trouble (with) even after they recover.” . . .

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