Survivors Struggle As Scientists Race To Solve COVID Mystery

Karla Jefferies sits in her kitchen in Detroit, Friday, March 5, 2021. Jefferies, 64, a retired state worker in Detroit, Michigan, tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020 and has been bothered by puzzling symptoms ever since. First it was fatigue, fever, and no taste or smell. Then came brain fog, insomnia, a nagging smell of something burning that only recently disappeared, and intermittent ringing in her ears. Now she can't hear out of her left ear. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

On the pandemic’s first anniversary, some COVID-19 survivors are still struggling with puzzling symptoms. Now, scientists are racing to solve what they consider a true medical mystery. Long-term COVID-19 affects an uncertain number of survivors in a baffling variety of ways. The government is spending $1 billion in an unprecedented effort to find answers. Is it a condition unique to COVID-19, or a variation of the syndrome that can occur after other infections? Or could some symptoms be a physical reaction to the enormous upheaval of this past pandemic year? Researchers are seeking disease markers, treatments and cures.


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