Woman finds hope, encouragement for COVID-19 long-distance transporters
Woman finds hope, encouragement for COVID-19 long-distance transporters

Woman finds hope, encouragement for COVID-19 long-distance transporters

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT / Gray News) – Ka’trina Smith was diagnosed with COVID-19 before vaccines were available and still experiencing symptoms.

“I never got over any of my symptoms,” Smith said WOWTdescribing them as dizziness, fever, loss of taste, palpitations and fatigue.

Now she is finally getting answers to questions that countless doctors could not answer before.

“No one could tell me something was wrong,” the 39-year-old medical assistant said. “They would say, ‘Well, that could be something from COVID.'”

It turns out that Smith is not alone. It has been estimated that as many as 10% of symptomatic COVID-19 patients experience what Smith has endured.

Without a standardized name for the condition, it has proven challenging for the medical community.

“It’s the nature of what we do in medicine is to understand why,” said Dr. David Kaminsky, who leads a COVID long-distance survey at the University of Vermont. “So when people are recovering from COVID, you expect them to recover fully, and they are not.”

Similar research is underway across the country. Smith finally started getting some answers from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“There are no specific diagnostic criteria yet, no tests that we can use to determine who really has long-term COVID,” said Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn of the Mayo Clinic. “So more and more patients are showing up for treatment now and showing a wide range of symptoms.”

The nonprofit organization Mayo Clinic’s COVID activity rehabilitation program is part of a wide range of offers she has found there to help her heal. She and her husband went to the clinic in January and will return in April.

“I can connect with all these people,” Smith said. “I’ve talked to some of them and they have no idea what’s going on and they’re looking for answers. I just wanted to talk to your doctor. You have to speak for yourself. ”

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