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Long COVID in Clark County: It’s what we don’t know

Long COVID has been with us only a short time; experts are still learning

By Nika Bartoo-Smith
Published: March 26, 2023, 6:06am
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Melissa Worlein, who got COVID-19 in August and has since been struggling with long COVID, takes a moment to rest in between chores at her Vancouver home.
Melissa Worlein, who got COVID-19 in August and has since been struggling with long COVID, takes a moment to rest in between chores at her Vancouver home. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

For the past six months, Melissa Worlein’s life has been dictated by a timer.

Before she washes dishes or folds laundry, Worlein sets the timer on her kitchen stove: five, maybe 10 minutes. Some days, even before the timer goes off, she has to sit down, shaking from exertion.

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