Don’t underestimate the effects of COVID-19. It can impact the rest of your life.

COVID’s over—right?

We’ve all got our vaxes and are moving on, returning to our “normal” lives…


Sure, people are still getting COVID, but it’s nothing like it was. Just a bad cold or the flu…


Sorry, but WRONG!

You should have heard the term, Long COVID, by now. Long COVID is when the acute stage of COVID is over but symptoms remain or return. These symptoms vary greatly from person to person, but they can continue for weeks, months, or forever.



At this very moment, Long COVID is impacting lives, turning normally efficient, energetic people into a near-invalids. Dizziness, fatigue, confusion, anxiety and depression, and pain are only a few of the issues, but symptoms can manifest as anything from headaches to itchy feet to intolerance of light and noises. If you don’t think that can throw you off your game, think again.

I was diagnosed with Long COVID a bit over a year ago when the doctors and tests couldn’t find anything to account for my malaise. That, and the way some of the symptoms manifested themselves, marked it as Long COVID. There is no definitive test as yet. In fact, little is yet known. This is something new to the medical profession, and they are learning along with us.

Unfortunately, there are many, both in and out of the medical field, who don’t believe in Long COVID. Employees balk, expecting us to push through the same workload as we managed before. Friends and family doubt us. Hell, sometimes I doubt myself. I’m faking. I’m lazy. I’m crazy. I’m old. Like PMS and fibromyalgia, it’s all in my head.



Long COVID is real.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t let them belittle, invalidate, or gaslight you. It’s their ignorance they are revealing by such actions, not yours!

So now is not the time to drop our vigilance. (There may never be a time.) Wear a mask if you’re somewhere crowded. Keep your distance from others.  If you’re sick, stay home. If you think it’s COVID, get tested. If it is COVID, get meds and take care of yourself. Stay informed. Accept the fact there will never be an “old” normal. Live the best life you can, because you never know when things might change.



  • Nearly one in five American adults who have had COVID-19 still have “Long COVID.”
  • People who had only a mild case of COVID-19 can get Long COVID.
  • Vaccinated people who contract COVID-19 can get Long COVID.
  • People who had COVID-19 a long time before can suddenly present with Long COVID.


This list is long and getting longer. Most sufferers don’t have all the symptoms, but they may have a great many in varying degrees. I’ve put an “X” beside the ones I have.

General symptoms can include fatigue, fever, pain, post exertional malaise, and cognitive disfunction.

A Closer Look:

Breathing (respiratory symptoms)

  • Breathlessness – X
  • cough

Heart and circulation (cardiovascular symptoms)

  • chest tightness – X
  • chest pain – X
  • heartbeats that can become noticeable (palpitations) – X
  • postural tachycardia syndrome* (PoTS) – X

Brain (neurological symptoms)

  • brain fog, loss of concentration, memory issues (cognitive impairment) – X
  • headache
  • broken sleep – X
  • pins and needles, and numbness (peripheral neuropathy symptoms) – X
  • dizziness – X
  • sudden confusion (delirium) particularly in older people
  • difficulties moving around (mobility impairment)
  • difficulties with or changes to your sight (visual disturbance) – X
  • Light & Sound Sensitivity – X

Digestive system (gastrointestinal symptoms)

  • abdominal pain – X
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhea
  • weight loss and reduced appetite

Joints and muscles (musculoskeletal symptoms)

  • muscle and joint pain – X

Mental health (psychological symptoms)

  • symptoms of depression for example low mood, poor sleep, lack of concentration and feeling helpless – X
  • symptoms of anxiety for example feeling on edge, excessive worry and difficulties sleeping – X
  • symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, especially in people with more severe coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms that needed intensive care in hospital

Ear, nose and throat symptoms

  • loss of taste and/or smell
  • ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • earache
  • sore throat
  • dizziness – X

Skin (dermatological symptoms)

  • skin rashes
  • hair loss – X

* Postural tachycardia syndrome* (PoTS): an abnormal increase in heart rate that happens after standing up. Symptoms include lightheadedness, palpitations, and fatigue.

Most of this list is taken from NHS Inform. NHS inform is Scotland’s national health information service, where they are doing a lot of study on Long COVID.

About Mollie Hunt

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  1. thebigbuddy says:

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve got long COVID, Molly. Were your doctors able to do anything for you to help mitigate the symptoms? I’m as sure as I can be that my mom has it and I’ve been begging her to go to her doctor, but she’s convinced it’ll be pointless even as she’s constantly fatigued.

    • Mollie Hunt says:

      Yes, there are things that can be done to treat the various symptoms. Here in Portland we have a Long COVID clinic that is working hard with patients and other doctors. Encourage your mum to pursue it. She may be able to feel much better than she does.

      • thebigbuddy says:

        Thanks. I really have to convince her. I hope the treatments are working for you and I hope more people take it seriously. There’s still so much we don’t know about COVID-19.

  2. Leah says:

    I’m so sorry this happened to you, Mollie. Purrs for all possible improvement from us. Other friends also have long COVID and I have no doubt it’s all too real.

  3. Leah says:

    I’m so sorry this happened to you Mollie. Purrs for any and all possible improvement. Other friends also have long COVID and I have no doubt it’s all too real. (System doesn’t seem to accept comment today so if it’s a duplicate, please excuse.)

  4. Brian says:

    That’s awful and I’m so sorry you’re dealing with the evil that will always be remembered.

  5. Keep the chin up and take it a day at a time. But also, keep an eye on the research, as you clearly are, for clues as to how to help LC go away. There was some research that suggested a cure by way of treating it as per another specific virus. If I see it again, I’ll share it with you. Till a long cure is found, one own mental strength and resistance through mindfulness is all I think we have.

  6. tanssityttö says:

    I’m so sorry! Yes, many people belittle corona virus, but long covid is one of the reasons I have been super careful. Maybe too careful many would say (caused by total panic) but I’m still wearing the mask anywhere in publick (also viruseptin: mouth and
    nose spray). For a long time I also wore a mask outside (back then there was no viruseptin and all the vaccines and I lived in Helsinki city, I don’t live anymore.) I moved away Helsinki to a smaller town mainly because of covid. I love the peace here! It calms so much! My stresslevel has decreased considerably! Stay strong!

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