Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and mental health: It’s not just the body that’s affected, but also the mind

By MOLLY TAFT and VIRGINIA JEFFRIES It’s clear that the pandemic is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health: a recent study found that adults in the US were reporting symptoms of depression at three times the rate as before the pandemic. But some Covid patients, especially those who have been sick for months, say that […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: What do we know, and what don’t we know?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the heart: What do we know, and what don’t we know?

Coronavirus is commonly perceived as a respiratory illness, but as both short-term patients and long-haulers can attest, the symptoms can impact almost every part of the  body – including the heart. In a survey of long-haul patients this summer published by the Indiana University of Medicine and SurvivorCorps, a long-hauler group, “inability to exercise or be […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: ‘For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health and utter exhaustion’ — The BMJ

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the long haul: ‘For 7 weeks I have been through a roller coaster of ill health and utter exhaustion’ — The BMJ

Editor’s note: Paul Garner, professor of infectious diseases at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, discusses his experience of having covid-19 for 7 weeks. This piece, posted May 5, 2020, was one of the first descriptions of “long covid.” As an internationally known academic, Garner brought early attention to the phenomenon. “In mid March I developed […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Determination defeats despair for the ‘Black female nerd of Covid’

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and race: Determination defeats despair for the ‘Black female nerd of Covid’

Chimére Smith started getting sick in March. Smith, an English and language arts teacher from Baltimore, Md., says she will never forget the moment she first started to feel it — a strong burning tickle in her throat. She is prone to sinus infections at that time of the year, so she tried to convince […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the research: Analyzing and understanding the long Covid problem

By PHOEBE PINDER and JEANNE PINDER Some research has been done on people in whom Covid symptoms persist over the course of months, but there is still a lack of thorough medical investigations of this phenomenon. In fact, it’s still not absolutely clear what this phenomenon should be called. Some call it “long Covid,” while […]

Coronavirus (covid-19) and reproductive health: Heavy periods, sex drive changes, hormonal switches

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Coronavirus (covid-19) and reproductive health: Heavy periods, sex drive changes, hormonal switches

As the list of symptoms associated with Covid and post-Covid syndrome continues to expand, a growing number of men and women are reporting reproductive system changes they believe are associated with the virus. These changes have been primarily reported by women, but some men have noted changes as well. As with other Covid-related symptoms, these […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and long-haulers: Uninsured long-haulers, faced with mysterious symptoms, must navigate financial perils

In June, during his second week of having Covid-like symptoms, Andrew Ficker took a turn for the worse. His left arm went numb, he had pain in his chest and he felt dizzy. He went to the emergency room, fearing that he was in the middle of a heart attack. Over the next month and […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young adults: Yes, indeed, they are in danger

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and young adults: Yes, indeed, they are in danger

By BEN GLICKMAN and PHOEBE PINDER When Covid-19 reached American shores in March, Rachel Robles, 26, was a little nervous, but not panicked. After all, early data from other countries indicated that young people had an easier time with the virus. “I can’t control everything and I might get it,” Robles said about her early […]