As N.B. tries to move on from COVID-19, long COVID holds some back – CBC

People with post COVID-19 call for more help, province says it’s working on a plan

Mar 12, 2023

Three years into the COVID-19 pandemic, many New Brunswickers are anxious for life to return to “normal.”

But some, like Sarah Ecker, fear their lives will never be the same.

Ecker, 34, of the Fredericton area, says she has long COVID, also known as post COVID-19 condition.

As a nurse for nine years and mother of two young children, she was used to being the one to take care of people. Now, it’s often a struggle to get out of bed.

“I’ve always been an incredibly independent, strong-willed, capable, strong person,” she said. “And to have my husband have to wash my hair sometimes because I’m too exhausted … that’s hard.”

It’s not just the physical and neurological effects of long COVID, said Ecker, who has been unable to work for a year, since she tested positive for COVID-19.

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