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I’m about three weeks removed from having covid. It wasn’t a severe case, but I felt terrible. My symptoms were congestion, cough, fever, body aches, and fatigue. The doctor warned me that the cough and fatigue may continue for a while after I got better. And the doctor was right, especially about the fatigue.

I don’t think I’ve been this tired since my kid was an infant. But it’s a weird kind of tired. It’s not normal sleepiness. It’s a whole-body fatigue. It feels like I’ve just run a marathon followed by a rigorous weight-lifting session. When I get home from work and hit the couch, it’s legitimately hard for me to move again. I feel proud of myself for getting dinner and going upstairs to bed.

I know none of you asked to come to my pity party. And I’m not really looking for sympathy. It is what it is. I just feel like people aren’t talking about the lingering effects of covid enough. By now, everyone’s aware of the initial symptoms, but I had no idea that I’d still be this tired weeks later. I don’t know how long this will last. Hopefully not too long. It’s quite frustrating.

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