"As the Biden administration ends the COVID-19 public health emergency,
millions of Americans who contracted the disease continue to suffer from
symptoms associated with long COVID.
Neuropsychologist James C. Jackson says people with long COVID can suffer from
symptoms like exhaustion, shortness of breath and disturbed sleep. Some of the
most troubling symptoms are neurological: struggling to remember things, to
focus, even to perform basic daily tasks and solve problems.
These symptoms can lead to a loss of employment, income and important
relationships. Jackson, who is a research professor at Vanderbilt University,
says that while long COVID was initially associated with people who became
critically ill with COVID-19, he's seeing an increasing number of patients for
whom the initial illness was relatively mild.
"This is a little bit of a mystery," Jackson says. "Many people with mild cases
are profoundly debilitated [with long COVID], and some people with quite severe
cases are doing fairly well."
Jackson's new book, Clearing the Fog
, is a practical guide for long COVID
patients and their families, giving advice on how to find help, and information
on treatments and strategies for dealing with symptoms.
He notes while the scientific community rallied in response to COVID-19,
there's been less urgency in the response to long COVID, leaving patients and
families on their own to find solutions."
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