A woman from Magog, in the Eastern Townships, is suffering from the many consequences of long-term COVID-19, as are nearly 15% of Canadians, according to a study published Monday by Statistics Canada.
< p>The life of Valérie Côté, who was very active and practiced CrossFit and mountain biking, completely changed at the beginning of the year, after she contracted COVID-19. Ten months later, the woman from Magog still has sequelae from the disease, and experiences symptoms such as tachycardia and extreme fatigue.
According to the Statistics Canada study, fatigue is the most persistent symptom for 72% of people with long-term COVID. Other common symptoms include sleep and memory problems, shortness of breath, anxiety, and depression.
In addition to skipping sports, Valérie Côté had to quit her job. She now works from home, but has to practice “pacing”, that is to say, she alternates between an hour of work and an hour of rest.
The woman from Magog consulted the long COVID clinic in Sherbrooke, where she was well supported, but for lack of a solution and treatments in Quebec, Valérie Côté turned to an American clinic.
She had to find a doctor in Quebec who agreed to support her in her approach, and who would prescribe her the drugs offered by her American counterparts. Valérie Côté has since seen a slight improvement in her condition, but prefers not to claim victory for as much.
It is difficult to know why there are few options available when it comes to long-term COVID . The CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS refused to grant an interview to TVA Nouvelles to share progress in research and treatment, and did not want to comment on this specific file.
By email, the communications department specified: “We are working hard so that this offer [the reference center for long COVID in Estrie] can increase accessibility to services, in order to meet follow-up requests for the chronic form [of the long COVID]. We will be able to inform the population about the terms of access and the services offered in the coming weeks.”
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