James Cha said, “Nine of us got sick from COVID-19 but none other than me got really sick.”
Doctors believe it was a family fishing trip in July that exposed COVID-19 to 51-year-old James Cha. He spent six days in the hospital and went home with oxygen as he continued his struggle to breathe.
“I drop three bottles of cough syrup in the last three weeks,” Cha said.
Nevertheless, 44 days after diagnosis, between cough syrup, prescription and inhaler, he cannot move it.
He said, “It looks like something is down now and my chest is still making me feel like it’s a little low.”
Chow also noted problems with his memory. He is one of a growing number of people who have been feeling ill for months after a positive case of COVID-19.
One study stated that 75% of hospitalized patients experience long-term symptoms and persist for a long time. Minnesota’s Department of Health told WCCO that it is doing some specific follow-up and case control studies to find out what’s going on here.
“I think it really emphasizes why it’s important that we take COVID so seriously. It’s not just the symptoms that you initially have about how this virus affects your health long term. Is, ”said Chris Inresman, director of the Minnesota Departments of Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division.
Cha plans to see his doctor again in a few weeks if he is not better.
“I got really tired after a full day of work,” he said.
As he is expected to soon be able to breathe easier.
“It’s real. COVID is real,” he said.
Researchers are also studying what role the blood group may play with COVID-19. In a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, people with type “A” blood had a 50% higher risk of needing oxygen or ventilators if they had the virus.
Cha told us that his medical staff also mentioned that he is “A” positive.