Governor of Virginia Northam had a long COVID for over a year – .

Governor of Virginia Northam had a long COVID for over a year – .

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (R) still has long symptoms of COVID more than a year after his initial infection, he said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot.
Why is this important: Northam is among the millions of Americans suffering from symptoms of COVID long, which could have serious implications for employers and social programs if enough people can no longer work because of it, according to Caitlin Owens of Axios.

The context: Long COVID is a term used to describe people who show symptoms of COVID-19 for more than four weeks after their initial diagnosis, according to Marisa Fernandez of Axios.

Go back: Northam, tested positive for COVID-19 in September 2020, said in May that he had not recovered his sense of smell or taste.

Details: The governor said his symptoms turned into experiences of parosmia, a condition where things smell and taste different, and phantosmia, episodes of smelling something that isn’t there.

  • A glass of lemonade now tastes like gasoline, Northam told the Virginian-Pilot.

What he says : “I’m 62, and I can handle this, [but] why take the risk, if you are 15 or 20 or any age, to have symptoms that can affect you for the rest of your life? Northam said.


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