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Tamara Nobbs is still dealing with the effects of COVID-19, four months after she contracted the virus. She is still suffering from the joint pain that stemmed from her infection last September. Ms Nobbs from the Illawarra region of NSW said her first sign of the virus was neck pain, which she initially thought was from sleeping in the wrong position. But then it was discovered that her partner Matthew Cooper had COVID and she, along with their children Amelia, 9, and Briella, 2, had also caught the virus. Ms Nobbs said her children had mild symptoms limited to sore throat and fever, but she suffered from neck pain along with migraines, loss of smell and throat irritation, even though she escaped breathing problems and was able to cope with her illness at home. The family was back to their normal lives now, she said, but the joint pain continued for her and she did light exercises in an attempt to relieve them. “It’s very annoying,” Mrs Nobbs said. She is far from the first person to experience persistent problems long after the infection itself has disappeared. IN OTHER NEWS: Illawarra Shoalhaven’s local health district researchers Dr. Stuart Tan, Dr. Lyndel Hewitt, Dr. Jose Cuenca and Dante Risi last month published a paper in the Australian Journal of General Practice that looked at the long-term symptoms of COVID among people diagnosed with the original strain of the virus and the Alpha variant. While only 12 percent of the 59 participants were hospitalized, nearly three-quarters of them reported persistent problems months after diagnosis. The most common of these were fatigue, musculoskeletal pain, weakness in limbs, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. 45 percent of people said they had trouble performing activities they were able to perform before having COVID, most of which attributed to the lack of energy and shortness of breath. The study also revealed increased levels of depression, anxiety and stress among participants. “Improved understanding of the health needs of patients with ‘long COVID’ will become more crucial as cases increase with the emergence of new variants and mortality decreases with increased vaccination rates,” the researchers said.

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