Transcript for Health experts warn of COVID-19 ‘long-haulers’
And we have stayed on the stories of the Americans who have come down with covid and still months later, with crippling symptoms. They're being called the covid long haulers. Tonight here, the story of a healthy 28-year-old soccer coach, still unable to work months later, among the thousands with symptoms long after covid. Here's ABC's janai Norman on that part of the story tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the crippling health impacts and debilitating side effects thousands of Americans are battling months after recovering from covid. I was panicked. There were times when I thought I was going to die. Reporter: They're called long haulers, people who experience persistent symptoms lock after having covid, including fatigue, depression, joint pain and even heart problems. Gabriel Agular, a 28-year-old Connecticut soccer coach, is one of them. He caught a mild case of covid in March. By June, he says far worse symptoms hit, making it tough to even get out of bed. Dizziness. I just had pure dizziness for about six to seventh months. Reporter: So every day? Every day. Reporter: In Chicago, 60-year-old Mahmoud ajamia said before getting covid, he was healthy, going on long distance bike rides and running half marathons. But for months afterward, he's undergone rehab to relearn basic skills. This really is one of the most difficult experiences I had in my life. Reporter: More than 24.5 million Americans have tested positive for covid-19, approximately 1 in every and a uk study estimates that 10% of them suffered from long-term symptoms. Experts are now warning a new health crisis may emerge as this group grows. These are very, very severe health impacts that are keeping people from working, keeping people from living their normal lives. And the most difficult part for a lot of patients is that they just don't have many answers. This is really concerning. Thousands of Americans experiencing these long-lasting symptoms. I'm wondering, are there places for them to turn? And the larger question, will insurance cover this, months, perhaps years out? Reporter: Well, David, this is going to be a big issue, but new post covid care facilities are popping up around the country. Here in Connecticut, the post covid recovery center where Gabriel is being treated says they've had more than 500 appointments since opening back in October. Anyone interested in care at one of those facilities should check with their insurance providers regarding coverage. David? All right, we'll stay on this. Janai Norman, thank you.
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