British Dynasty star Emma Samms, 59, talks about six-month ‘Long Covid’ hell: Actress says her health cruelly ‘fluctuates’ from’ good days’ when she ‘assumes she’s on the road to recovery … to go right back feeling horrible ‘
- The actress tested positive in March but was never hospitalized
- She said tasks like gardening for a few minutes leave her exhausted
- Long Covid is increasingly recognized, but doctors are unsure how to treat it
A British actress has told of her ‘Long Covid’ hell cruelly ‘fluctuating’ from ‘good days’ when she ‘assumes she’s on her way to recovery’ to feeling bad again.
Former Dynasty Emma Samms, 59, who tested positive for Covid in March, has said she is one of the ‘lung covid’ patients.
She reports having ‘panic-inducing levels of fatigue’ but has never been hospitalized.
Former Dynasty Emma Samms, 59, pictured, who tested positive for Covid in March, has said she is one of the ‘lung covid’ patients
Doctors don’t know how to treat the condition, nicknamed ‘lung covid’, which is increasingly recognized in medical circles.
The actress, who played Fallon Carrington Colby on the 1980s American TV show, has suffered debilitating symptoms for the past six months.
Tasks such as making a phone call or gardening for a few minutes exhaust her, she said The times.
She said, “This panic-inducing level of fatigue was less surprising and hugely compromising. And it fluctuates.
“I improve a little bit, have a good day, and assume I’m on the road to recovery to feel terrible right away.”
Ms Samms, who is the partner of BBC news anchor Simon McCoy, said that due to the little research that has been done on the condition that she ‘does not allow’ herself to think this is permanent.
The actress who played Fallon Carrington Colby on the 1980s American TV show reports she has “ panic-inducing levels of fatigue, ” but was never hospitalized
Researchers from Italy reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association that 87 percent of patients discharged from a hospital in Rome after having Covid still had at least 1 symptom after 60 days.
Although none of the patients showed signs of acute illness, 53 percent still reported fatigue, 43 percent had difficulty breathing, 27 percent joint pain, and 22 percent chest pain.
The condition, which is similar to chronic fatigue syndrome, leaves patients with multiple symptoms, such as extreme exhaustion, joint pain, or difficulty breathing.
Ms. Samms, who is the partner of BBC news anchor Simon McCoy, in the photo, said that due to the little research being done on the condition that she ‘doesn’t allow’ herself to think this is permanent
ARE THERE LONG-TERM SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Most coronavirus patients recover within a fortnight, have a fever, cough and lose their sense of smell or taste for several days.
However, there is some evidence that the telltale symptoms of the virus can persist for weeks on end in ‘long haulers’ – the term for patients plagued with lasting complications.
Data from the COVID Symptom Study app, by King’s College London and health company Zoe, suggests that one in 10 people still has symptoms after three weeks, and some may suffer for months.
Long-term symptoms include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Increased heart rate
- Loss of taste / smell
- Kidney disease
- Mobility issues
- muscle strain
Support groups such as Long Covid have surfaced online for those who have suspected “Covid-19 and your experience does not follow the symptoms from the manual or recovery time.”
For those with a more serious illness, Italian researchers who followed 143 people hospitalized with the illness found that nearly 90 percent still had symptoms, including fatigue two months after they first became unwell.
The most common complaints were fatigue, shortness of breath and joint pain – all of which were reported in their battle with the disease.
Another study in Italy found that one in ten people who lose their sense of taste and smell due to the coronavirus – now recognized as a major sign of the infection – may not get it back within a month.
The study, published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, involved 187 Italians who had the virus but were not sick enough to be hospitalized.
Professor Chris Whitty, the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, said the long-term effects of Covid-19 on health could be ‘significant’.
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