A CNN journalist knows all two well just how long the symptoms of Covid-19 can hang around for.
Business editor Richard Quest tested positive for Covid-19 back in mid-April.
In a story for CNN, he said the symptoms of tiredness and a cough hit him quickly.
“The virus is like a tornado. When it lands, it swirls through the body, causing chaos, confusion, coughs, wreaking damage to each organ it touches,” he said.
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Although he described his symptoms as being mild at the time, he said his “dry, raspy, wheezy” cough has now returned months later.
“I have tested negative for the virus and positive for the antibodies, and my doctor says it won’t return. But there are days when I feel that it has,” he said in the CNN article.
Quest also described the areas of damage he’s still uncovering, including a new level of clumsiness, mild confusion, and changes to his digestive system.
“It doesn’t matter whether I call them symptoms, traits, or wreckage — my body doesn’t feel quite right.”
Experts are still learning about the possible long-term and ongoing side effects Covid-19 can have on people and their bodies.
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have said that even after the disease has passed, breathing difficulties from lung injuries could take months to improve.
Some experts studying the disease have said that some Covid-19 patients can be unwell for up to two months.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at Kings College London, previously told media that about one in 20 patients studied were unwell for more than a month and some for two months.