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For some, COVID symptoms persist for years with debilitating effects

The Heath Family

Michael Heath with his wife Dee Dee and daughter Emily. He is still experiencing effects of COVID-19 nearly two years after first getting infected.

Michael Heath was among the first wave of Wisconsin residents infected with COVID-19 in March of 2020, and nearly two years later, his symptoms linger. The Baraboo social worker still has shortness of breath and his heart races, though the effects are somewhat less severe.

“I go out walking, or do any activity, and my heart can go to 150 or higher,” said Heath. “I have to be careful with how much I exercise. I could have a setback where, if I exert myself, I could end up back in bed for a week with severe migraines.”

Dr. Aurora Pop-Vicas

Pop-Vicas

Dr. Alison Schwartz

Schwartz