Christina Sutton was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July. Although she tested positive for the virus, she had very few symptoms. But even after those went away, Sutton still experienced concentration and memory problems.
“I would describe it as like a waking dream,” said Sutton. “You’re there, but you’re not fully connecting.”
To many who’ve had COVID-19, Sutton’s experience may sound . COVID-19 “long haulers,” or people who experience some symptoms of the disease for months, often refer to their prolonged “brain fog” — this same sense of confusion.
As the world nears eight months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s becoming clear that a portion of the over 44 million people worldwide who have become sick with the virus are not fully recovering. These people, some of whom have been sick since the very start of the pandemic, sometimes complain of breathlessness, weakness, rashes, and heart palpitations. One of the most common symptoms among long-haulers is persistent brain fog. As the months wear on, some have started to suspect that some of their symptoms might never subside. But for millions of other people with chronic illnesses, some of which seemed to have began with infections, constant brain fog is already their reality. Read more…