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Long term effects can still affect young people - even with a mild case

From Guelph, ON

Thu Apr 22 2021


I found out on December 21st that my boss had tested positive, and that he had come into work the previous week even though he already had some symptoms. No one had been wearing masks up to this point, and even though it was a small office, it made me very uncomfortable because we were in the red zone and it went against health regulations. But I didn’t say anything because I was new; I had only been at the company for 3 weeks. I tested positive on the 24th, so I spent Christmas and New Years in isolation.

I’m 23 years old, so I wasn’t surprised that it only felt like a mild cold and I recovered quickly. But in January I developed severe respiratory issues to the point where I had chest pain and shortness of breath even when I was lying down. I’m now dealing with fatigue and brain fog (it’s late April). I can barely focus on work and I’m lucky if I make it to 1pm without falling asleep. I’ve been able to work from home since January, and I feel extremely fortunate. But I’m not sure how I’ll ever feel up to going back to the office unless my symptoms significantly improve.

I’m frustrated that there are people out there who still do not take Covid seriously, including at my company. I have hope that I’ll feel better after getting the vaccine, but it seems like that won’t be any time soon. I know that the lockdowns and restrictions in Ontario have been handled badly, but I want everyone to understand that it isn’t an excuse to be reckless, and it’s so important to limit your exposure to others as much as you can. No matter how young and healthy you are, nobody is invincible.

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