Denver – Ty Godwin suffers from several symptoms related to COVID-19.
“Flu symptoms, brain fog is a real thing, body aches, crazy neurological symptoms,” Godwin explained, discussing his condition. “I think tomorrow it will be better, or next week it will be better.”
Although he suffers from symptoms, he no longer has a novel coronavirus in his system. In fact, he believes he contracted the disease in January.
“Most people have a sick day, I’ve done this for 10 months,” he said. “Not everyone has symptoms for a long time. I attracted small straw.”
One of the first people to be infected with COVID-19 in Colorado, Godwin also suffered from it for a long time.
“The last time I went for a run was in May,” Godwin explained. “And then I realized, I can’t run a mile.”
There are thousands, such as Godwin, who suffered from symptoms of coronovirus long after he had the disease. Scientists and doctors call them “COVID-19 long hulls” because their symptoms persist for a long time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 35% of coronavirus patients suffer some form of long-term symptoms after the infection ends. Dull symptoms can range from loss of smell or taste to exhaustion. In rare cases, symptoms persist for months.
“I have at least four EKGs, at least four CAT scans, a full-body PET scan and medically, there is nothing wrong with any part of my body,” Godwin said. “Infectious disease doctor eliminated everything on his list.”
Doctors at the Respiratory Recovery Post-COVID-19 Clinic at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver are searching for answers. Researchers have looked at hundreds of patients from across the country in search of clues as to why some people do not recover.
A Pulmonologist with the research team at the National Jewish Hospital, Drs. Neer Goldstein reported, “There are about two populations of patients.” “From a scientific point of view or basic research, we don’t really know why it happens in some people and not in others.”
Because SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus that affects humans, there is little medical literature.
“We have nine months of data. A lot is unknown,” Goldstein said. “There are no quick answers from our end, especially based on long-term symptoms.”
Patients like Godwin, who have been struggling with the long-term effects of coronovirus, have formed online support groups. Although they offer little scientific medical solutions, they are a way to reach others as well as the afflicted. One group, the survivors, are thousands of community members.
Godwin said, “There are tons of stories of people like me who met in December, January, February and then dealing with the ravages.”
As scientists and doctors work to find a remedy, Godwin wonders when life will return to normal.
“I think tomorrow it will be better, or next week it will be better. But it has a strong hold,” he said. “So, I’m seriously worried that I’m going to deal with this for a long time.”