Originally published here: Cincinnati Enquirer, By Linda Bauer Opinion contributor

I’m one of the lucky ones. On June 23, I was diagnosed with COVID-19. It was considered a mild case.

I isolated and stayed home, monitored oxygen and heart rate with an oximeter, took supplements and did deep-dive breathing exercises. I avoided spreading the virus to my parents, who are in their 80s, my family and friends.

Yet today, more than 85 days out, the disease lingers. I’m one of the 35% of COVID-19 patients who have ongoing symptoms. (Infection came from a younger family member exposed at work who tested positive, yet remained asymptomatic.)

I lost my senses of smell and taste for eight days, experienced a cough, congestion, runny nose, shortness of breath, headache and a hot sensation in my esophagus and throat. I felt chest pressure, my heart pounded and raced, and my fingertips and toes tingled. I suffered from brain fog, severe fatigue, severe body tremors and stomach cramping. I frequently curled up on the couch and cried from isolation and fear.

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