A number of survivors of the coronavirus in Italy suffer from debilitating symptoms weeks after ‘defeating the virus’ and have been tested negative for traces of it.
Cases have occurred in one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, suggesting that survivors may have to fight health issues such as fatigue and respiratory problems.
Italy was the first European country to be severely affected by Covid-19 cases, with the health care system struggling to deal with the influx of cases and especially 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 not only struggle with physical insecurity, but also struggle with financial woes.
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 deals with coughing, sore throat, abdominal pain and fatigue, which makes 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.
Unlimited outdoor exercise is allowed, with the previous ‘once per day’ rule removed
People are allowed to sit in parks and beaches, provided they stay two meters away from other people
Boris Johnson said in his Sunday evening speech that people will be able to drive to other destinations from Wednesday, presumably to practice there, although more detailed plans are likely to follow
From May 13, people can meet a friend or family member from another household in a public place, provided they are two meters apart. Meetings of more than two people are prohibited, so people cannot meet both parents, for example
Play golf and tennis
Golf courses and tennis courts will reopen from May 13, with social distances relatively easy to reach, although you can only play with people in your household. Team sports like football are unlikely to be encouraged, as social distance is difficult and it takes more people than the average household
Fishing and swimming
Angling and water sports are also allowed in England again from Wednesday. Again, you must be in your own household and two meters from other people
Back to work
Instead of changing the rules, the government is now encouraging people to return to work if they cannot do it from home. But they also urge people to drive, walk or cycle to work instead of using public transportation if possible
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 intense headaches for three weeks.
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.