Long-distance drivers are still suffering the effects of COVID two years later

The most common symptoms seen in long-distance COVID-19 drivers include brain fog, as well as heart, lung and sleep problems.

(Ivana Martinez | KUER) Tyson Plastow of Layton addresses long-term side effects of the coronavirus, such as breathing difficulties and chronic pain.

Two years ago, in early March, Tyson Plastow contracted COVID-19 for the first time – just as the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic.

For the months that followed, he would wake up at night panting and desperately trying to get air into his lungs.

“I just couldn’t breathe,” he said. “I was coughing the whole time. I hurt everywhere. I had trouble thinking clearly.”

These symptoms – now associated with “long-range COVID” – were not well understood at the time. Today there are two health clinics in Utah that serve these patient groups.

But at the time, Plastow sought medical help to help his breathing and ease the pain. He said he went to a pulmonologist who confirmed through a CT scan that his lungs were scarred by the virus. It confirmed his suspicions about ongoing side effects.

A few months later, in December 2020, he got COVID again. Plastow said he felt like he was dying slowly. He recalled feeling the scars in his lungs from the first round of COVID every time he tried to breathe. Plastow drove himself to the emergency room, where he said he was diagnosed with pneumonia and given oxygen.

Now, two years later, he said he’s not the same man.

To read more about Tyson Plastow and other long-distance COVID-19 riders, visit KUER.org.

This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/health/2022/03/23/this-is-how-life-is-now/ Long-distance drivers are still suffering the effects of COVID two years later

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