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COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months
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COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months

For Vonny LeClerc, day one was March 16.Hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instated stringent social-distancing measures to halt the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, LeClerc, a Glasgow-based journalist, arrived home feeling shivery and flushed. Over the next few days, she developed a cough, chest pain, aching joints, and a prickling sensation on her skin. After a week of bed rest, she started improving. But on day 12, every old symptom returned, amplified and with reinforcements: She spiked an intermittent fever, lost her sense of taste and smell, and struggled to breathe.When I spoke with LeClerc on day 66, she was still experiencing waves of symptoms. “Before this, I was a fit, healthy 32-year-old,” she said. “Now I’ve been reduced to not being a...
As India’s Covid-19 cases cross the 100,000 mark, why has health ministry stopped its briefings?
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As India’s Covid-19 cases cross the 100,000 mark, why has health ministry stopped its briefings?

India crossed the 100,000-mark in Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. The toll moved up to 3,163. And yet Tuesday also saw chief ministers urge their states to re-open, after nearly eight weeks of one of the world’s most severe lockdowns left the economy devastated. With movement of migrants now allowed and trains running again, news also emerged that one in four people returning to to Bihar from Delhi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In many states, there is a lack of clarity on testing. In addition, concerns are rising about a spike in non-Covid-19 diseases, in particular tuberculosis, which have gone untreated during the lockdown. You would imagine that the government would consider it important to explain important decisions now and clarify doubts, such as why India...