COVID long haulers: I caught coronavirus in March. I still haven’t fully recovered.
Diana Zicklin Berrent, Opinion contributor Published 4:00 a.m. ET Sept. 28, 2020 | Updated 4:03 p.m. ET Sept. 29, 2020CLOSE How does coronavirus enter the body, and why does it become fatal for some compared to just a cough or fever for others? USA TODAYCOVID ‘long-haulers’ are in trouble and our numbers are growing. We are suffering from a virus that has left us alive, but broken.I got COVID-19 in early March. It is nearly seven months later, and in September alone I’ve been to five medical specialists. I underwent an MRI earlier this month, and I have an echocardiogram coming up. I was recently diagnosed with glaucoma; my doctor believes its sudden onset was caused by the virus. My career as a photographer has already come to a screeching halt; the irony of suffering damage to my eyesight — my lifeline — felt like adding insult to injury.This description might lead you to think I was a New Yorker who held onto my life on a ventilator through the spring, but that is far from the truth. I woke up on a Friday, March 13 (I hadn’t been superstitious before but perhaps it’s time to reconsider), with all of the signature hallmarks of the virus I had watched, on the news, spread