I was considered to have a “mild case” of Covid-19. I had burning lungs and exhaustion for weeks | Anna Poletti | Opinion


“I’m pretty sure I have it.”I started to tell my colleagues and students around March 9, 2020. I had a strange, hot pain in the lungs. It was shaped like a horseshoe – it flowed out and down the back of my lungs. I could breathe well. I was still able to give a two hour lecture, ride my bike, talk to people at meetings, walk to the supermarket; but I was a little more tired at the end of the day. Then again, I said to myself, I’m always tired this time of year. Winter ended in the Netherlands, where I live, and I was almost halfway through the busiest period of my university work year.

I am a 43 year old woman with no pre-existing health problems. I am writing this essay because none of my Australian friends and family know anyone else who has had a coronavirus. It took me so long to get constant medical care because I was considered a “mild case” when front line health care professionals were busy managing an epidemic.


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