High Risk Populations - The Story of David Nelson M. II

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High Risk Populations - The Story of David Nelson M. II

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“This email is in regard to my grandfather's Covid diagnosis: My grandfather's name is David Nelson M. II. He was born June 1, 1936, so that means he's 84. It also means he is in the high-risk group. In January of this year [2020], he went on a cruise with a group of his friends and returned feeling ill. At first he wrote his illness off as the flu, but his "flu" lasted for months. Eventually, went to a clinic and discovered he had COVID-19, so his doctor ordered him to go to the emergency room on November 3rd. He was in the emergency room for five hours before the staff finally admitted him, spending the next seven days in the hospital. After a five-course treatment on IV, he was released and allowed to go home on November 10th.”

The contributor of this story also reported that within two weeks following his grandfather's release from the hospital, his grandfather had a serious fall. Whether or not this fall can be contributed to any prolonged side effects of the virus has not yet been determined. There have been, however, documented cases of people experiencing cognitive fatigue, such as dizziness and, and other side effects related to cognition and the nervous system weeks and even months following their recovery form COVID-19. This is a phenomena warranting further research to determine what the possible long-lasting effects may be to people who have survived the illness, especially those at high risk such as the elderly and those suffering from a chronic disease.

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This item was submitted on November 24, 2020 by Jordain Cheng-Kinnander using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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