The migraines, exhaustion and shortness of breath have existed dating to before Darcy Havel-Sturdevant was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020. The shortness of breath has improved a bit but the rest remain going into the Christmas holiday season. So do dizziness and confusion. “Most days, I’m extremely exhausted, and tired and it’s hard to even do anything throughout the day,” Havel-Sturdevant, 34, of Iowa City said.
Havel-Sturdevant is a “long-hauler” – someone who cannot shake illness that the highly contagious COVID-19 creates, leaving them to suffer with symptoms long after they no longer test positive for the coronavirus. The medical term for this is Long COVID Syndrome.