People who 'recovered' from coronavirus months ago still say they are feeling symptoms
Only on WRAL, doctors explain the difference between "recovered" and symptom-free.
Can you believe it? Six months ago today at the end of January, the World Health Organization declared the novel Corona virus quote a global health crisis. Since then, we've learned quite a bit about this virus, and they're still much we just don't know. Gore Corona virus, however, has hit home in North Carolina. We have seen more than 120,000 cases statewide, and that number of cases is still in flux. We saw spike in new cases today more than 2200 after a few days under 2000 39 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing that total to above 1800 more than 1200 people or hospitalized tonight statewide as of Monday, this is a number that's updated once a week. So as of Monday, the number of people who have recovered from Cove in 19 in North Carolina top 92,000. That's more than 3/4 of the total cases. W Orioles Laura Leslie shows us that number does not tell the whole story. You may not realize this, but those recovery numbers are automatic. If you had the virus and survive, public health guidelines say you're recovered in two weeks if you were hospitalized with the virus than four weeks. But new research is telling us whether you are hospitalized or not. Recovery may not be that simple. When Durham teacher John would started feeling sick and mid March, he figured it was just allergies. He wasn't even thinking of Cove in 19. There were just a handful of cases in the state at the time because it was so early in our process. It wasn't in our frame of everyday thinking, but when breathing problems sent into the ER on March 25th he found out he had the virus, according to state and federal guidelines. Would was classified as recovered as of April 8th, but his symptoms dragged on for weeks after that. A shortness of breath and the long pain were the ones that scared me the most. Because when you can't breathe and you try to take a breath in and it kind of catches and it doesn't come back out, Andi kind of a rattle, almost like a pneumonia rattle. Those those were the scary times. He's still dealing with long pain, shortness of breath and a shallow cough that comes out of nowhere. He used to be a sports official. But these days, even an easy hike is still exhausting. Covitz, the gift that keeps on giving and it's apparently not done with me yet, new research shows lingering effects are common for covert survivors, even those like Wood who were never hospitalized. Two European studies have found more than half of people sickened by the virus still had symptoms more than three months after they were considered recovered. There's a little clarification that I think is important. That's Dr Cameron Wolf, professor of infectious diseases. It do, he says. The term recovered has a specific clinical meaning. When do we think it's safe for people to no longer be likely to be infectious to those around them? That's quite different for many people than window symptoms resolved, Wolf says About four out of five people exposed to the virus never even gets sick enough to notice. But covert pneumonia is common in those who deal. So we've not had people who were covered for long enough for us to really assess their long term damage that this might cause to their long. But I do fear that is this sort of grounds full of people who had the most severe end of this illness that will be left with lingering symptoms that we don't appreciate. It's not just the lungs, either. The viruses known to affect heart rhythms and the nervous system, UNC expert Dr P. A. McDonald says, even in people who don't get sick from the virus at first, scientists don't know whether it might cause problems later in the same way the chicken pox virus causes shingles. But the public has to understand you do not want this even if you get it in a mild way, because we actually don't know what this means in the long term, for someone would lives with that uncertainty every day. He can't believe it. When people say they're not worried about getting the virus, what would you say? That I want to give a good old Southern bless Your heart would hopes his story will help people understand why it's so important. Toe wear a face covering and keep your distance, no matter who's around, their people like me who may not look high risk that may not look as if you know Koven would hurt me it did, and I wouldn't wish that on the anybody lower LESLIE WRL NEWS Raleigh A big question about recovery is whether you are protected from contracting the virus again. Researchers Air Still working on that answer?