‘It’s terribly lonely’: Some Nova Scotians with long COVID just want to return to work – CBC

Symptoms of long COVID can be so intense that it prevents some people from working

Dec 18, 2022

Deryk Smooke was driving in his vehicle recently when his smartwatch alerted him that his heart rate was up and it wasn’t returning to normal.

Smooke, 41, was heading from his home in Amherst, N.S., to the Costco in Moncton, N.B., to get some groceries with his wife. The 70-minute round trip drive took so much out of him that he crashed for three days afterwards.

“I don’t think my body was too happy with me,” said the father of three.

Smooke contracted COVID-19 in early October and has been off work due to the fatigue and brain fog he experiences.

The correctional officer worries he’s in the early stages of long COVID, a catch-all term for a range of post-infection health impacts that linger at least three months after contracting the coronavirus.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/long-covid-nova-scotia-labour-market-1.6682151

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