"I Caught COVID in Sihanoukville...in 2019"

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"I Caught COVID in Sihanoukville...in 2019"

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Opinion piece.
My textbook symptoms of long COVID: crushing fatigue, type 2 diabetes
By Michele Nayman
April 7, 2021 — 5.30am

I caught COVID-19 before it had a name, in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, December 2019. After treatment for “an acute respiratory infection”, I flew to Siem Reap, where I was living, and went to the international hospital. Doctors did extensive tests. A Cambodian neurologist trained in Vietnam held up a brain scan, pointed at what he called “white matter” and told me I also had dementia.

I certainly felt demented. I had a high temperature and a hacking cough. I cupped my ears in my hands to try to stop the headache threatening to explode my skull. I lost my sense of taste and smell. I just wanted to sleep. Fortunately, I had moved from my apartment to a hotel with airconditioning and its own generator, so I was able to escape the muggy heat.

Three weeks later, I knew I had to return to Britain. Vietnam Airlines insisted I fly business class because I couldn’t sit up properly when I booked my ticket at the Siem Reap branch.

At least a third of the business class passengers coughed, sweated and moaned all the way to London, including during the stopover in Hanoi, where a doctor gave some of us oxygen in the business class lounge.

I arrived home in bad shape and went to bed, where I remained, in between hospital stays and visits, for most of 2020 and into 2021.

The virus known as COVID-19 affects people differently. Many have no symptoms. Many die. Headlines at first dealt with infections and deaths. There have been more than 130 million cases worldwide, with 74 million people having recovered and nearly 3 million having died.

Increasingly, however, the talk is of long COVID (or post-COVID syndrome). Long COVID is not the virus itself, but the facets of the disease that the virus causes in people who neither recover nor die.

My experience of long COVID is typical. I have been sluggish, disoriented, confused, nauseous and in constant pain. Worst has been the crushing fatigue. Doctors found nodules on my lungs. Scans and blood tests showed liver and pancreatic disease.

Personal accounts began to appear in mainstream media, including from patients who were doctors themselves. I waved those articles around like flags of credibility.

For months, I slept up to 18 or 20 hours a day. Friends in Britain and Europe who hadn’t died were having similar experiences. Mercifully, my diagnosis of dementia was reversed, but I had to learn that, in the poetic words of a Dutch friend with long COVID, “all this belongs to me now”.
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A small study shows that vaccinations can turn around the suffering of COVID19 long-haulers. It's believed there are still viral remnants of the infection after "recovery" and the vaccine starts hunting them down.
Then last month [65-year-old Elaine McCartney] got her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Her condition quickly seemed to improve.

"I was able to go to the store on my own, which I haven't done for eight months," McCartney said. "And my energy was up, and my pain was less. I had chronic debilitating pain in my shoulder, and it was gone."

McCartney's experience may offer a glimmer of hope for a growing number of people around the world living with prolonged health concerns after being infected with the virus causing the COVID-19 illness.

She's not the only patient seeing unexpected improvements. Emerging research suggests vaccines may reduce symptoms for some of those suffering from what is now being called "long COVID", where patients continue to suffer from a range of health concerns long after the infectious phase of the illness has passed.



https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-lo ... -1.5976738

A U.S. story with similar health improvements after vaccination:

https://www.cbs58.com/news/some-covid-1 ... ng-into-it
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"At least a third of the business class passengers coughed, sweated and moaned all the way to London, including during the stopover in Hanoi, where a doctor gave some of us oxygen in the business class lounge."

I don't buy this. Sounds like nonsensical hyperbole to me. Which makes me wonder how much of the rest of the story is true, which I would have otherwise accepted at face value.
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Alex wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:32 pm "At least a third of the business class passengers coughed, sweated and moaned all the way to London, including during the stopover in Hanoi, where a doctor gave some of us oxygen in the business class lounge."

I don't buy this. Sounds like nonsensical hyperbole to me. Which makes me wonder how much of the rest of the story is true, which I would have otherwise accepted at face value.
Are you suggesting that she made up the story ?
CEOCambodiaNews wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:18 am Opinion piece.
My textbook symptoms of long COVID: crushing fatigue, type 2 diabetes
By Michele Nayman
April 7, 2021 — 5.30am
Full article: https://www.smh.com.au/national/my-text ... 57gfn.html
Michele Nayman is an Australian writer and editor who worked for The Age during the 1980s. She moved to Britain in 1990, where she has worked for The Guardian and other publications.
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^^^
Well, it is an opinion piece..

And..
Three weeks later, I knew I had to return to Britain. Vietnam Airlines insisted I fly business class because I couldn’t sit up properly when I booked my ticket at the Siem Reap branch.
Sorry, sounds a bit fanciful to me but yeah, maybe it's true..
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Right up there with Gavinmac's expose on his time on the grassy knoll in '63.
Meum est propositum in taberna mori,
ut sint Guinness proxima morientis ori.
tunc cantabunt letius angelorum chori:
"Sit Deus propitius huic potatori."
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CEOCambodiaNews wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:48 pm
Alex wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:32 pm "At least a third of the business class passengers coughed, sweated and moaned all the way to London, including during the stopover in Hanoi, where a doctor gave some of us oxygen in the business class lounge."

I don't buy this. Sounds like nonsensical hyperbole to me. Which makes me wonder how much of the rest of the story is true, which I would have otherwise accepted at face value.
Are you suggesting that she made up the story ?
I'm not in a position to determine that. I don't buy the part I've quoted, and due to this, I'm more suspicious about the rest of the story than I would have been otherwise.

It has been established that Covid has been around somewhat longer, so I'm not dismissing the possibility that she caught it in Cambodia as early as December 2019. But the part that I've quoted is just sensationalist bollocks, please.

Made up? Or just embellished? Who knows!
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Yeah, it doesn't seem too unbelievable that there was Covid in Sihanoukville in Dec 2019. Nobody that I know has been tested for it, so some of us may have already had the virus. At the time, there were still loads of planes arriving direct from China. There was also a group of about 30 infected French tourists who were out and about on the town. No precautions anywhere. :unknown:
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Anchor Moy wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:44 pm Yeah, it doesn't seem too unbelievable that there was Covid in Sihanoukville in Dec 2019. Nobody that I know has been tested for it, so some of us may have already had the virus. At the time, there were still loads of planes arriving direct from China. There was also a group of about 30 infected French tourists who were out and about on the town. No precautions anywhere. :unknown:
I have a friend who is sure he caught covid in December 2019,before anyone knew about it. Obviously there's no way to know for sure now but he was saying all the symptoms were there, he'd never had a dose of flu that bad before and he thinks he picked it up when he was on a long stopover in one of the main Chinese airports - I don't remember if he said Shanghai or Guangzhou. It was only after news about covid came out that he started wondering 'what if that was that I had'?

'If' it was covid and 'if' he caught it at the airport where thousands of people arrive and depart from every day to various nearby countries I could easily see it being in somewhere like Sihanoukville at that time.
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The author never states that she was diagnosed with Covid, but rather three or four other more vague diseases. She also goes on a tangent about various health care systems. I'm not going to deny her suffering, which could have resulted from many things, but I will say I am suspicious in this new age of clickbait and propaganda.
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