A number of coronavirus survivors in Italy report suffering weeks after reporting the bug and negatively tested debilitating conditions.
The death toll in Italy is 30,911 and the survivors are now facing a new battle with new reports of fatigue and breathing problems.
While the country was the first European country hit hard by Covid-19, the UK has exceeded its death toll by a whopping 32,692.
The Italian health care system struggled to keep up with the growing number of cases, mainly due to the large elderly population.
It is now ahead of the UK, Spain, France and the US, discovering the long-term effects of those who beat the virus, New York Times reports.
Morena Colombi from Truccazzano, outside the northern city of Milan, was considered coronavirus-free after a six-week battle with the virus after testing negative on March 16.
But weeks later, she says she’s far from recovering because she struggles with coughing, paralyzing fatigue, sore muscles, and shortness of breath.
Due to the aftermath of the virus, the 59-year-old, who has returned to her job at a cosmetics company, cannot even take a short walk.
She said, “I can’t get back in my natural rhythms.”
Many Italians have learned that the infection can last for weeks, symptoms can linger for weeks, and full recovery may take longer – if ever.
An estimated 219,814 people tested positive for coronavirus in Italy with 30,739 dying patients – the second highest number in Europe with the UK in first place.
An estimated 106,587 people recovered in Italy, but that is the persistence of the coronavirus and the long recovery time that some survivors struggle not only with physical insecurity, but with financial woes as well.
Alessandro Venturi, the director of San Matteo Hospital in the Lombard city of Pavia, said they have seen many cases of survivors going through a long road to recovery.
This includes those who have had lighter symptoms as their bodies struggle to get back to normal while struggling with post-symptoms, including sore bones and an upset stomach.
He said, “It’s not the disease that lasts for 60 days, it’s the cure.”
It’s already known that some people who contract Covid-19 can be asymptomatic, so they have few, if any, symptoms, while others often get eerily ill with pneumonia.
However, pneumonia damages the lungs, which can take months to heal, and doctors warn it may not be completely reversible.
Studies also claim that the virus can cause kidney, heart, liver and neurological damage, often from secondary infections – it is unknown what the long-term future will be for patients.
Martina Sorlini, a 29-year-old maths and physics teacher in high school, has developed a fever since early March and says “never.”
She also has to cough, sore throat, abdominal pain and fatigue that make it difficult for her to teach students online.
Dr. Annalisa Malara, an intensive care physician in Codogno, southeast of Milan, who diagnosed Italy’s first case in February, said there was still no clear understanding as to why the virus and its effects last so long.
Some say more research needs to be done to determine why.
In Northern Italy, the epicenter of the contagion in the nation, partial lifting of the closure this month has allowed more family and friends to compare their different experiences.
Edmondo Cirielli, a member of the right-wing Brotherhood of Italy MP, contracted a fever and developed cold symptoms in March.
He tested positive and believes he contracted it by touching a contaminated surface in Parliament’s chamber.
He thought it would be okay, but ended up in the hospital with breathing difficulties, but because it was not pneumonia, he was discharged and went home to quarantine himself.
After 40 days of debilitating fatigue, sore throat, diarrhea, and intense pain at the base of his neck that made it impossible to focus, he tested negative, so thought it was over.
But he continued to suffer from diarrhea and started testing positive, forcing him back into isolation.
He said, “One day it went well, another day it went bad. There was no building to a peak and then came down again. It was up and down for a month. ‘
Not everyone has access to testing, which wasn’t perfect, including 44-year-old Ingrid Magni who said she had suffered three weeks of intense headache.
Instead, she did an antibody test, which can be used to get an official swab test for the virus if antibodies are detected.
But the results have not come back, so she was not available to return to work until they did.