COVID-19 Can Last For Months: Thousands Struggle With Virus : Short Wave That's what they call themselves: long-haulers. They've been sick for months. Many have never had a positive test. Doctors cannot explain their illness any other way, and can only guess at why the virus appears to be with them for so long.

Ed Yong of The Atlantic explains what might be going on, and why their experience mirrors that of other sufferers with chronic illnesses who battle to be believed. We also spoke with Hannah Davis, a long-hauler from New York City.

Read Ed's story on long-haulers here.

Read more about the long haulers' research group here, read their report here, and join their support group here.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.
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Coronavirus 'Long-Haulers' Have Been Sick For Months. Why?

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Coronavirus 'Long-Haulers' Have Been Sick For Months. Why?

Coronavirus 'Long-Haulers' Have Been Sick For Months. Why?

Coronavirus 'Long-Haulers' Have Been Sick For Months. Why?

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Many long-haulers feel isolated and face disbelief from doctors and loved ones. Bobby Jon Calderon/Getty Images hide caption

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Many long-haulers feel isolated and face disbelief from doctors and loved ones.

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That's what they call themselves: long-haulers. They've been sick for months. Many have never had a positive test. Doctors cannot explain their illness any other way, and can only guess at why the virus appears to be with them for so long.

Ed Yong of The Atlantic explains what might be going on, and why their experience mirrors that of other sufferers with chronic illnesses who battle to be believed. We also spoke with Hannah Davis, a long-hauler from New York City.

Read Ed's story on long-haulers here.

Read more about the long haulers' research group here, read their report here, and join their support group here.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, fact-checked by Emily Vaughn, and edited by Viet Le.