A nine-year-old kid and his father have been battling coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for six months now, CNN reported.
Eli Lipman said he and his father Jonathan Lipman still continue to fight the disease, which they got since March—noting that it is a big deal and that having the virus for this long is not easy
“Kids, I’m sorry to say this, but it is a big deal. It will hurt. You just got to face the truth: Sometimes you’re not OK,” he said in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
The duo are among the growing number of people who have been called “long haulers”—COVID-19 patients who have been experiencing symptoms for several months.
The child said he continues to experience achy, sore, and tired body, as well as difficulty sleeping. Jonathan, meanwhile, experiences body aches, breathlessness, and—contrary to Eli—frequent sleeping.
His father, Jonathan, said doctors ignored their symptoms and Eli’s persisted low-grade fever for months.
“No one would really believe us that we were still sick, and when you keep being not believed you stop believing yourself,” he told CNN.
Specialist Dr. William Li said that while more research is needed to understand long-haulers, he suspects this could be due to their blood vessels.
“One of the important things is to keep talking to your doctor, and doctors need to keep listening to your patients. There is really something unfolding before our eyes that we need before our eyes that we need to actually come together with our patients and with ourselves as researchers and as doctors to try to help heal,” CNN quoted him as saying.
The doctor recommended constant check-ups with doctors, more rest and exercise, and eating leafy greens as much as possible.