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‘I’m not all better’: How long COVID upended the life of an L.A. teen

Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022

‘I’m not all better’: How long COVID upended the life of an L.A. teen

Dr. Vanessa Wu, a physician with the UCI Health COVID Recovery Service, said her adolescent patients with long COVID have suffered ongoing symptoms, including brain fog, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues and breathing problems. The range of symptoms can be so vast that “long COVID is probably a bucket term that is too broad.” Some also face worsening anxiety or volleying moods, which leads to a “chicken and the egg” question, Wu said. “Are people anxious and depressed because of all their other symptoms and how that’s impacting their everyday life — or is it also part of their long COVID?”