Three months after he was tested positive to the new coronavirus, Scott Krakower continues to feel some days totally exhausted, short of breath, unable to speak as his throat is taken.
The New Yorker of 40 years is part of a wave emerging from the sick “long-term” of the Covid-19, a condition which, if it does not die, it goes back normally in two or three weeks.
But, for Mr. Krakower, the healing hoped for has turned into a litany of relapse.
“Just when I start to think that things are getting better, after three or four good days, I spend three or four days, during which I can talk about more or during which the lymph nodes swell on the right side of my neck,” he said during a video conference with a journalist of the AFP.
This situation, taking the torture to the fact even sometimes doubt the reality of his illness… until his parents or his wife reminded him, noting that he starts to pant under the effect of a simple walk anodyne.
“This is really out there,” warns the young, middle-aged, in reference to groups of words on the internet, bringing together patients with the long course of the Covid-19, who suffer from the same symptoms.
“This is not the fruit of the imagination of people. This is what people are subjected, day after day, and they describe it online”.
Scott Krakower, a child psychiatrist, thought to have been infected with the novel coronavirus at his place of work, the department of psychiatry, he heads to the hospital Zucker Hillside Long Island, in metropolitan new york, which was then the epicenter of the us epidemic.
The first sign was the loss of taste and smell. “Everything had a taste of rubber”, he remembers.
Then a cough, concern has prevented him from working, even at a distance, ranging up to make it voiceless.
Three and a half weeks after the first symptoms, besides the fever and chills, he began to cough so violently that it expectorait of the blood.
No longer able to swallow, he saw the stamp of her voice soaring in the treble. The severity of laryngitis led him to the emergency room, where a doctor prescribed the potent steroid dexamethasone, the effectiveness of which has recently been demonstrated in a large clinical trial british.
Cut off from his family
By measure of precaution, Mr. Krakower was placed in solitary confinement away from his wife and their two small children for five weeks, a period that has been particularly difficult for the family.
FaceTime has established itself as their only means of communication, at the dinner hour. It is also with FaceTime that the father started to read bedtime stories, his two children aged 2 years and 4 months at the beginning of this separation.
“I really wanted that person not suffer what I had”, he says, excited at the mention of this event. He was reunited with his family after two tests back negative.
Even today, it remains a chronic fatigue, unfortunate, and mysterious, which hinders the resumption of normal activities, that it aspires to.
To such A point that his doctor insists on the importance of psychological follow-up care for the sick in his case, likely to self-convince that they are anxiety attacks. “It is real. This is not in their head,” insists the doctor, Robert Glatter.