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Jiya Saini is a Journalist and Writer at Revyuh.com. She has been working with us since January 2018. After studying at Jamia Millia University, she is fascinated by smart lifestyle and smart living. She covers technology, games, sports and smart living, as well as good experience in press relations. She is also a freelance trainer for macOS and iOS, and In the past, she has worked with various online news magazines in India and Singapore. Email: jiya (at) revyuh (dot) com

Taxi driver Julie Lamrock, who contracted COVID-19 from a passenger on the ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise ship in Australia, is one of those 5% of people who cannot fully recover from the virus after an illness.

The woman fell ill in March last year, but still suffers from severe muscle pain, dizziness, brain fog, chronic fatigue, and loss of appetite. Julie is unable to walk on her own and says COVID-19 has made her life hell.

“I was like an energiser bunny. [Now] I can’t walk long distances, my feet burn, I feel like I’m walking on hot rocks, I feel so exhausted I feel like I want to collapse,” she explained to Sunrise on Thursday.  

I can’t even lay on my side to sleep at night. I can’t walk up and down stairs, I’ve got to crawl up the stairs. I have to consciously think about what I do before I do it

the woman admitted.

At the same time as physical pain, Julie’s cognitive abilities were seriously reduced. If earlier she had a brilliant memory, now she forgets absolutely everything. She says that it is difficult for her to concentrate, she has problems with writing and spelling. The woman is afraid that she will endure the side effects of the virus for the rest of her life.

“I had a photographic memory before. Now I can’t even remember things,” she said.

Doctors say they don’t know when Julie Lamrock’s life will return to normal. She is one of the 5% of people who do not fully recover from the virus when suffering from “long covid”.

They just say it is what it is. We can’t tell you. There’s no answers

she said.

These are long-term effects when symptoms last for more than 12 weeks after infection. These symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain and tightness, brain fog, insomnia, joint pain, tinnitus, diarrhea, headache, changes in smell and taste, and body rashes.

In addition, some people show signs of cognitive impairment even four months after the illness. In particular, these are problems with memory, concentration and reading books, watching television, according to the doctor.

Scientists estimate that 10 to 30 percent of patients will be affected by the effects of COVID.

It is worth noting that there were 2,700 passengers and 1,100 crew members onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship, where the Covid outbreak occurred in March 2020. 

During the trip, 13 people were diagnosed with the virus and these people were hospitalized after the ship entered Sydney. 

But most of the infected were among those who managed to leave the liner and went home.

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