Opinion | Long Covid is a Looming Health Crisis – The New York Times

Fiona Lowenstein is a journalist and the founder of the health justice organization Body Politic. Hannah Davis is an artist, researcher and founding member of Body Politic’s research partner, the Patient-Led Research Collaborative.

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“Both of us developed Covid-19 last March in New York. We didn’t know each other at the time, but we had much in common: We didn’t imagine our symptoms would last for more than a couple of weeks. We were young and otherwise healthy, and were told we should recover easily.

But after Fiona’s shortness of breath subsided and she was discharged from the hospital, she developed new symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal problems to rashes and hives to migraines. A few weeks later, Hannah began experiencing fevers, headaches, memory lapses and a debilitating brain fog that made her unable to work.

By April two truths had become evident: We were not getting better, and we were not alone in our experience of lingering symptoms.” . . .