Study looks at the effects of 'long haul' COVID

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Emily Caffee of Wheaton before she had "long" COVID. Photo credit Northwestern Medicine

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — If you've had COVID-19 and feel the symptoms are still lingering months or even a year later, you're not alone. A newly published Northwestern Medicine study takes a closer look at “long-haulers."

Thirty-six-year-old Emily Caffee was a healthy competitive rower, working as a physical therapist, when she got COVID in March 2020. She said for months she dealt with debilitating symptoms.

“I went from being a very active person to barely being able to stand for five minutes without getting so acutely dizzy, having zero standing tolerance,” she says.

Caffee is among a small group of long-haulers being studied by Northwestern Medicine.

Dr. Igor Koralnik oversees the system’s Neuro COVID-19 Clinic.

“We discovered that most patients continued to experience brain fog, headache, dizziness, numbness, tingling, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and fatigue an average 15 months from symptoms onset,” he said.

Researchers also found heart rate, blood pressure variations and gastrointestinal symptoms increased in long haulers, he said.

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