By Elaine Roth in Scary Mommy blog.
It’s been more than a year since the very first case of COVID-19 was contracted in Hubei province in China. Since those very early days, the virus has gone on to infect more than 57 million people worldwide, with more than 11 million of those cases happening in the United States (as of this writing). Many have survived and more than one million have died worldwide. It’s a devastating loss, a steep price.
But to write the story of COVID-19 in terms of life or death, survival or not, would be to ignore the growing number of survivors’ voice demanding to be heard. An untold numbers of folks known as COVID Longhaulers have survived, but have been plagued with ongoing, chronic, debilitating symptoms that make it impossible to return to their normal lives.
To add more uncertainty to the actual toll of COVID-19 on us all, even among COVID Longhaulers, the outcome is not uniform. Some longhaulers experience ongoing symptoms, such as fever and cough, others are experiencing organ damage, and yet another subset are developing myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, ME/CFS for short.
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