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Beyond the Headlines: What is long-haul Covid-19 and is it real?

Patients who experience symptoms long after they are declared cured pose yet another puzzle in our understanding of the disease

In this week's podcast, hosted by Suhail Akram, we look at the phenomenon of "long-haulers" or "long-termers" – people who have recovered from Covid-19 but continue to experience symptoms weeks or even months later.

Diana Berrent, founder of Survivor Corps – a Facebook group with 90,000 members who discuss Covid-19 and its symptoms and seek each other's help – tells us about her experience with long-term symptoms of the disease.

Dr Natalie Lambert, associate research professor of medicine at Indiana University, partnered with Survivor Corps to research these long-haul cases. She explains why we need to take cues from patient experiences and carefully understand what they need to recover.

We also hear from Marcus Tomoff, a long-hauler who describes how his life changed ever since he got a false negative.

Updated: August 21, 2020 12:28 PM

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