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COVID-19: B.C. doctors seek to understand crushing fatigue months after recovery

Dr. Zachary Schwartz is lead of the COVID-19 recovery unit at Vancouver General Hospital, one of the three new clinics in B.C. dedicated to treating people suffering from the long-term health effects of contracting the virus. (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)
Dr. Zachary Schwartz is lead of the COVID-19 recovery unit at Vancouver General Hospital, one of the three new clinics in B.C. dedicated to treating people suffering from the long-term health effects of contracting the virus. (Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

‘I am one of the lucky ones,’ says Marco, a young Vancouver survivor of COVID-19. He has been dealing with long term effects of the disease such as difficulty breathing and post-exertion fatigue.

B.C. doctors treating long-haul COVID-19 patients are trying to figure out why some suffer from crushing fatigue months after recovery.

Some patients experience relapses of their virus symptoms when they exercise, such as shortness of breath, coughing fits, loss of athletic ability and general malaise — all despite their tests showing no signs of illness.

Dr. Alyson Wong, a respirologist at St. Paul’s Hospital and clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine at the University of B.C., has seen many COVID patients with symptoms that can’t be explained with tests.

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