“Jonah McGarva has been struggling with long Covid since he was first infected in March 2020,” CBC News reports. ” ‘It’s almost like I can kind of predict how the day is going to go when I wake up in the morning,’ says the Burnaby resident. ‘I typically know I have a window of about two to four hours after I wake up where I can take a shower, I can eat, I can talk on the phone for maybe a half-hour, or I can answer a couple of emails,”‘ says McGarva, the co-founder and director of Long Covid Canada, a patient advocacy group. ‘But then I have to go back to bed. I cannot function. And it’s not even a question of going to sleep. It’s just I can’t even sit up straight, like I’m out of breath. I feel like I’m running a marathon while I’m sitting in my office chair.’ McGarva, who turns 43 at the end of the month, had no pre-existing medical conditions prior to contracting Covid-19. Case counts and hospitalizations are decreasing, there are some British Columbians who are dealing with Covid-19 symptoms months, or even years, after their infection. CBC’s Rohit Joseph looked into the impact of long Covid, and shared what he learned with Robyn Burns. Nearly two years into the pandemic, researchers are still in the early stages of understanding the scope and impact of long Covid, the informal name of what the World Health Organization calls post-Covid-19 condition.The WHO says that someone might have long Covid if their symptoms persist for more than three months after infection. There are roughly 200 symptoms associated with long Covid, including chronic fatigue, persistent cough, cognitive issues with memory and concentration, as well as sleep problems.” “What we know — and what we still need to learn — about long Covid,” CBC News.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.