Long COVID-19 patients struggle with diagnosis, returning to work

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A year after the government formally began studying long COVID, millions still struggle to get back to work, battle with bureaucrats and employers about their disabilities, and need financial help.

Jeremy Smith got sick in October 2020, but it wasn’t serious. A stuffy nose. A cough. The proverbial cold-like symptoms of a mild COVID-19 infection, and it passed within a few days.

But he never really got better. Instead, he got worse. Fatigue. Nerve pain. Blood-pressure fluctuations. A brain that fritzes out every so often, leaving him unsure where he’s supposed to be or what he’s supposed to be doing. Returning to his pre-infection job of helping surgeons in the operating room is out of the question.

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