COVID-19 survivors say they feel symptoms even after 'recovering'

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 19:57:15-04

There are still many unknowns when it comes to coronavirus.

As more and more people recover, they're noticing some symptoms are still lingering.

Now, health officials are working to figure out what long term effects the virus may cause.

"It was bad, I hurt from head to toe, I was choking and coughing and barely able to breathe" says Dr. Tim Martindale, who has recovered from coronavirus.

In Central Texas nearly 3,000 people have recovered from the virus, but it appears the fight may not be over.

"I'm taking nausea pills every day, I haven't gotten over that, that's something that's continuing," says COVID-19 survivor Doug Froneberger.

More and more people are reporting symptoms, even after they've been cleared from COVID-19.

"Shortness of breath, dizziness, being lethargic...Those are the things they told me to keep an eye on," says COVID-19 survivor Chris Leal.

This has left health professionals puzzled as they work to figure out what long term effects COVID-19 may have on survivors.

"Everybody seems to have a little different experience, so as I'm talking to people 10 to 20 times a day about this, I'm hearing wildly differing symptoms." says Dr. Martindale.

He says he's experienced his own symptoms after recovering from coronavirus.

Martindale urges people to keep an active communication with their health provider to help understand and possibly find a treatment for the virus.

"It's scary because it's the unknown. There are treatments but we're still puzzled how to treat it. Everybody's got ideas but they're not real sure what actually works," says Dr. Martindale.