BANGOR — Recovering from COVID-19 may take longer for some people than previously thought.
“Most children only had the mild disease from COVID-19 but if they had lingering effects that affect their memory or their ability to concentrate, that’s the sole purpose things that we need the most while we’re in school,” said Dr. James Jarvis, senior physician executive of Northern Light Health.
The symptoms Jarvis referred to are after a diagnosis of COVID-19.
He said it doesn’t seem to matter if it was a mild case or a severe one. Anyone who was infected with COVID-19 can get the long-term symptoms.
“Many individuals are experiencing side effects from the virus itself for weeks to months and now some up to a year after their initial infection with the virus,” Jarvis said.
He says some of the symptoms include chronic fatigue, joint pain, depression, and anxiety.
“It’s dramatic, in just the last couple of weeks I’ve spoken to a few individuals. One individual who is in their 60s continues to be plagued by fatigue and often forgets where they left things and people say well oh that’s just somebody in their 60s,” Jarvis said.
He said similarly there was someone in his 30s who couldn’t run his business after recovering from COVID-19 because of brain fog and memory loss, making him unable to do his regular daily tasks.
Jarvis said he doesn’t know how long these symptoms are going to persist in any given person’s body but does encourage people to go get vaccinated.
“The current vaccines that are available in the united states against COVID-19, they don’t contain the elements of COVID virus itself and so, therefore, you can’t get COVID from the vaccine.”
He said it’s important to still protect children under 12 from the virus since they still can’t get the vaccine.