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Recovered COVID-19 patients experience lingering effects

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Ashley Barra recovered from coronavirus in April. 3 months later she still needs oxygen to catch her breath. Ashley Barra recovered from coronavirus in April. 3 months later she still needs oxygen to catch her breath.
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Months into the pandemic, doctors have noticed several lingering health issues for people who are said to have recovered from the coronavirus. 

"Your body took a big hit, just feel blessed because there's many people who have died from this disease," Ashley Barra said. 


3 months later she is still coming to terms with the lasting effects of COVID-19. She became sick in late March and was admitted for the first time to the hospital in April.


"My lungs got damaged really badly because of it. So when I got to the hospital they said my oxygen level was at 72,"Barra explained.


Today, she still requires extra oxygen to catch her breath. 


"It was, a really, really bad experience," Barra said.

It was the little things, like taking care of her dog, taking a bath or going for a quick trip outside to take out the trash. All these every day normal things, that we never think twice about, made incredibly difficult.


"Just to be able to see her awake, it was such a relief," Karina Alvarado said. 


Alvarado's mom was the first COVID-19 patient in Ector County. On a ventilator and hospitalized, for an agonizing 3 weeks. 

Once she left the hospital, there was still a long ways to go.

"They had to transport her to a different rehabilitation center, to do physical therapy and breathing treatments. That was really hard," Alvarado said. 


After 2 weeks she was back home. But it wasn't like before.  Alvarado says her mother used to work 7 days a week.


"She was still needing oxygen. Once home, her endurance level was so low. I mean she could barely move and be out of breath," she explained. 


Now, Alvarado says she had been able to build up some more strength and is still working on a full recovery. And so is Barra. 

"I was just feeling so, so horrible. Now I feel horrible sometimes, I just know I'm not where I was back then. I think that's what gives me hope that I'm going to recover soon," Barra said.


Doctors have also noticed other long-term issues like kidney damage and strokes, associated with the novel disease. 

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