MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The unhappiness of people with COVID-19 may last longer than previously thought. The WCCO looked at persistent symptoms leading to a new group of virus survivors known as “long-haul travelers”.
“Nine of us got sick with COVID-19, but no one really got sick but me,” said James Cha.
Doctors believe it was a family fishing trip in July that exposed 51-year-old James Cha to COVID-19. He spent six days in the hospital and returned home with oxygen as he continued his struggle to breathe.
“I’ve had about three bottles of cough syrup in the past three weeks,” said Cha.
However, 44 days after his diagnosis, between that cough syrup, prescription, and inhaler, he doesn̵
“It seems to me that there is something down here right now and I still feel my chest being a little congested,” he said.
Since then, Cha has also noticed problems with her memory. He is one of a growing number of people who report feeling sick months after a positive case of COVID-19.
One study stated that as many as 75% of hospitalized patients have long-term symptoms and fall into the category of long-haul travelers. The Minnesota Department of Health told WCCO that it is doing some specific follow-up and case-control studies to understand what might be going on here.
“I think it really emphasizes why it’s important to take COVID so seriously. It’s not just the symptoms you have initially, but how the virus affects your long-term health,” said Kris Ehresmann, director of the division. of epidemiology, prevention and control of infectious diseases of Minnesota.
Cha plans to see her doctor again in a couple of weeks if she’s not better.
“After a full day of work I get really tired,” he also noted.
How he hopes he can breathe easier soon.
“That’s true. COVID is real,” he added.
Researchers are also studying the role the blood group could play with COVID-19. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, people with type “A” blood had a 50% higher risk of needing oxygen or a ventilator if they had the virus.
Cha told us that his medical staff also mentioned this and that it is “A” positive