“Lengthy Haulers” Nonetheless On The Lengthy Street To Restoration, “A Full Way of life Change” – CBS New York

TEANECK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – For some, the battle against COVID-19 symptoms doesn’t end when the virus leaves their body.

The government is now on a mission to learn more about the mysterious problems of so-called “COVID long-distance drivers”.

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Some of them have posted CBS2’s Jessica Layton on their struggles.

A brand new home studio was a dream come true for fitness trainer Pam Newman. The idea was born when she was sick in bed with coronavirus almost a year ago.

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The Teaneck wife and mother of three was one of the first confirmed patients in New Jersey.

“I had a fever for 31 days,” Newman told Layton.

After recovering from COVID, she did cardio and noticed a discomfort in her chest. A full physical exam revealed a 40% blockage of her left major coronary artery that was absent before she got sick.

“He said if I went to an emergency room with a printout of this EKG, they would break up and do open heart surgery,” Newman said.


Eleven months later, during intense training sessions, the pain persists.

“Why am I in pain? And what were the answers? Long distance rider, don’t know. There are so many strangers, ”Newman said. “So it’s still really scary.”

A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that around 30% of COVID-19 patients reported persistent symptoms, including debilitating fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, persistent lack of taste and smell, for up to nine months after the illness. Gastrointestinal, kidney and heart problems.

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“The virus probably started some kind of immune response, probably an immune response to your own tissues, and in some people it manifests itself one way and the other,” said Dr. Laurie Jacobs of Hackensack University Medical Center across from Layton.


Why it attacks certain people and how it can be prevented remains a medical mystery.

“I think that was really the frustrating part – I felt really alone,” said Darlene Tejeiro of West New York, New Jersey.

Tejeiro is thrilled that the National Institutes of Health has allocated $ 1 billion to investigate why so many survivors have long-term symptoms as part of the syndrome now scientifically called PASC, or Post Acute Sequelae of COVID-19.

“We fight, we suffer. It’s very, very real, ”said Tejeiro.

There is no telling how long it will affect their lives.

“You can’t describe the fatigue,” said Margaret Fleming-Keane of New Milford. “I can’t walk down the block and back … So this is a complete lifestyle change for me.”

Fleming-Keane is a nurse who is back to work part-time after falling ill in the fall. She believes until we have more answers, attitude is important.

“Don’t be hard on yourself. Take care of yourself, ”she said.

Staying positive and knowing, given the scope of the crisis, they are the lucky ones.

“I’m so grateful. I could have been so much worse, so much worse,” Newman said.

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Jessica Layton of CBS2 contributed to this report.

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