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Medical Problems Can Linger Months After COVID-19 Infection

Toban Nichols in April, after he spent a month in bed and lost 25 pounds while sick with COVID-19. (Courtesy of Toban Nichols)
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Some people who caught the coronavirus early in the pandemic are still struggling with medical issues several months later.

“It's just such a strange phenomenon that you sort of just go a little foggy, you just sort of can't concentrate,” said Toban Nichols, an L.A. artist who contracted the virus in March.

Eight months later, he still has breathing problems and gets fatigued, along with the bouts of “brain fog.”

Nichols is one of the thousands of coronavirus patients who’ve experienced long-term neurological problems.

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Cases like Nichols’ don’t fit neatly into county health officials’ data sets that tally cases, deaths, hospitalizations, and recoveries, and doctors are searching for answers as more patients report post-coronavirus cognitive impairment.


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