There have been a series of articles in recent months in the coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic about something called “long covid.” These news stories have shared the experiences of people who got COVID-19 and recovered, but still have lingering effects of the virus.

These effects for recovered COVID-19 patients include muscle and joint pain, fatigue, difficulty breathing, and lack of focus, among others. Those who suffer from these symptoms long after supposedly recovering from the virus have echocardiograms, MRIs, CT scans and other tests that come back normal or show nothing seriously unusual. Doctors are stumped.

About the writer: Tim Penning, Ph.D., is a professor and writer. Find more of his commentary on his Pier Points blog at

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Sad but true..cancer does not discriminate

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