So I try not to complain about this b/c overall I’m very lucky, but … the long-term effects of COVID-19 are terrible and have severely impacted my quality of life. I haven’t enjoyed food for well over a year, medications I’ve taken for 10+ years suddenly don’t work…
I also have new vision problems and at times, pretty severe (new) nerve pain/numbness in my extremities. I can’t say for sure that these were caused by COVID, but I can say that I didn’t have any of these symptoms before I got COVID (and I’m young(ish) and otherwise healthy).
We spend so much time focusing on COVID deaths — and rightly so — but we should really be talking more about the long-term effects, even in people who had relatively mild illness, like me. Those “mild” cases may not look so mild in a year, a decade, etc.
I’m mainly saying this because I don’t want people to make the mistake of thinking that deaths and hospitalizations tell the whole story. They don’t — at least not for me, and I suspect a lot of other people, too. This needs to be factored into our public health guidance.
(And honest to God, the food thing is so awful. Everything smells and tastes rotten, including foods that I used to love. It’s a guessing game every time I eat or drink something. Tonight I opened a can of what used to be my favorite soup and started gagging from the smell.)

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