The mystery of COVID-19 ‘long haulers’

Dr. Jen Ashton breaks down the new study on this mysterious illness.
1:54 | 10/01/20

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ever been. Someone who knows that, here with us is Dr. Jen Ashton. Certainly we have to talk about coronavirus because there are upticks in cases in at least 30 states throughout the northeast and midwest. Boston hovering in the red zone. It's been forced to pause its re-opening plans. We're tracking the latest covid numbers from Johns Hopkins university. Now more than 34 million diagnosed cases of coronavirus worldwide. More than 1 million deaths globally. Here in the U.S. The pandemic has taken more than 206,000 lives. So much emphasis on new there's old cases that are lingering, these so-called long haulers. It's almost like somebody said covid is a house guest that won't leave. You don't ever get over it. What do we know about folks who have symptoms that persist? This is the post viral syndrome, the long hauler. Here's what we know. It is estimated to affect 10% of covid-19 infections and those are people who then go on to experience prolonged symptoms lasting weeks or months. We don't know the cause. It's a mystery. It may involve the nervous system or the blood vessel lining. Some of these patients complicating statistical data collection were never actually tested for covid-19. It's hard to get a grasp on the number. The common symptoms cough, impaired memory, extreme fatigue. This is debilitating and there are a lot of people servicing with this. With no end in sight. Have there been any treatments for these folks? Unfortunately not yet. We don't understand the cause. Treatment is aimed at the symptoms. Kind of a band-aid. All of people's symptoms are not taken seriously by the medical community. The first step is awareness and recognition. Dr. Ashton, thank you.

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