Survivors of COVID-19 reveal that they suffer from symptoms of the virus MONTHS after it leaves their body
COVID-19 survivors say they suffer MONTHS after they are cleared of the virus – because experts warn ‘we don’t know the long-term effects’
- Samantha Demmler tested positive for COVID-19 in March and still has symptoms
- The 27-year-old suffers from fluid in her lungs, reduced smell and memory loss
- Her case is not an isolated case, and many former patients suffer from lasting consequences
- Infection experts still know very little about the long-term effects of COVID-19
Former coronavirus patients say that they continue to experience horrific symptoms for months after defeating the deadly disease.
Samantha Demmler tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Melbourne on March 20 with a “small tickle in her throat”.
“It didn’t seem like I had anything to stop the whole world,” she told Daily Mail Australia earlier.
“I’m quite optimistic, but I started to panic. It certainly catches up to you. Your mind starts to think and play scenarios about what could happen. ‘
Samantha Demmler (pictured) tested positive for COVID-19 in March and still has symptoms four months later
The 27-year-old musician was acquitted by authorities on March 29, but four months later she is still battling the lasting effects of the disease.
“Since I got the virus, my main lingering effects have been an accumulation of fluid in my lungs, decreased sense of smell and memory loss,” she said in a Facebook update.
Ms. Demmler’s case is not isolated, and many coronavirus survivors found that their recovery extended well beyond the two-week incubation period thought to kill the disease.
Infectious disease experts still know very little about the long-term effects of COVID-19, leaving many former patients afraid of stopping a second wave of the disease.
ANU professor Peter Collignon said Herald Sun. that in many infections, a small percentage of patients normally have lasting effects, but that percentage is unknown for coronavirus.
“You often see that it takes many months for people to return to normal, even if we can’t find an abnormality in medicine,” he said.
Despite being free from the disease, Ms. Demmler (pictured) still suffers from fluid in her lungs, decreased sense of smell and memory loss
“The bottom line is that we don’t know the percentages, but there will be some people with underlying problems.”
Ms Demmler is a severe asthma and said it was scary not knowing the pathway of the disease and its recovery process.
“For us humans who’ve had the virus, it’s even more troubling that we don’t know if we can get the virus again and what the long-term effects will be,” she said.
Victoria’s horror second-wave coronavirus outbreak continues, with 459 new cases on Sunday and 10 more deaths on Australia’s deadliest day since the pandemic started.
There are 228 Victorians in the hospital and 42 in the ICU, many of whom are fighting for life on fans.
A nurse performs a coronavirus test on Tuesday at the pop-up station Colac Area Health coronavirus in Victoria