The United States has reached the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. Nearly 1,300 Iowans have died. Governments and news organizations report updated death tolls daily.
The focus on mortality is understandable. Dying is, after all, the worst outcome of a disease.
But surviving COVID-19 doesn’t necessarily mean recovering. When it comes to this virus, what doesn’t kill you can make you sick, perhaps for a long time.
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Many so-called long-haulers report lingering problems, including difficulty breathing and racing hearts, months after their bodies have cleared the virus.
It takes time for doctors to follow patients and understand the long-term implications of the virus on the human body. But some