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“Long-Haul” COVID Is Affecting Healthy, Active People—Here’s What It All Means

“Long-Haul” COVID Is Affecting Healthy, Active People—Here's What It All Means

Photo credit: Courtesy of César Villalba As an elite competitive triathlete, César Villalba, 34, of Los Angeles knows his body. So, though he can perform…

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Photo credit: Courtesy of César Villalba As an elite competitive triathlete, César Villalba, 34, of Los Angeles knows his body. So, though he can perform “acceptably” on a pulmonary test months after his initial bout with COVID-19 , that’s anything but “acceptable” for the professional designer who is used to racing around the world.

“I can do that with 60 percent of my lung capacity,” Villalba says with the heavy sigh of a man who would really just like to be better.

Villalba was never officially diagnosed with COVID-19, because he got sick before the pandemic hit full steam. “I had pneumonia, sore throat, fever for a week, and persistent coughing.”

After a couple of months, he thought he was better. Then on a plane trip to see his family in Spain, he got shortness of breath and his hands went numb. He went to the hospital when he landed, but they could find nothing wrong. I’ve found out that what I’m going thru is called “long Covid” and more people and athletes are suffering it all over the world. It’s now been months and while the path to recovery is unknown, I’ve been feeling some positive progression, specially in the last few weeks, what shows some light at the end of this path, no matter if it takes few more months or few more years, now we know there is improvement. Also, no, it’s NOT in a contagious stage, but yes we can get it again depending if we have developed […]

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