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Pandemics like coronavirus can be generation-defining events, but experts say it's too early to create a label for those coming after Gen Z.The global health crisis could go down in history like a war of sorts — a major factor called a period event that demographers use to help define generations, according to Pew Research Center. For Gen Z, (usually defined as those born between 1997 and 2012) "coronavirus is the generation-defining moment," according to Jason Dorsey, president of the Center for Generational Kinetics, a research and strategy firm focused on Gen Z and millennials.
Nearly four months after being diagnosed with COVID-19, Karyn Bishof endures a long list of symptoms that includes a collapsed lung, chronic fatigue and a wildly irregular heartbeat.
But it's disbelief from an insurer and doctors that's frustrated her as much as her lingering health problems.
“You’re either told you had a quick cold or you end up on a ventilator and pass away,” said Bishof. “It’s really frustrating and you begin to self-doubt and, of course, it is a huge mental strain on top of all the physical ailments that you’re facing.”
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Bishof, a Boca Raton, Florida, resident and former firefighter and paramedic, is one of countless coronavirus survivors with lingering side effects. Even President Donald Trump on Saturday seemed to discount COVID-19's long-term threat when he said 99% of cases are "totally harmless."
People with complications, self-described as “long haulers,” are uncounted in any official report as of now. But Bishof took tallying into her own hands when she posted a survey June 16 on social media. As of Monday, she's gotten 1,280 responses from COVID-19 sufferers who say they, too, experience ongoing symptoms.
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She said she got a runaround from a workers' compensation program linked to her former job, including the insistence she should do a telehealth visit despite having a documented partial collapsed lung that demanded more specialized care. She finally was able to schedule an in-person appointment with a pulmonologist later this month after her attorney intervened, she said.
Still, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows defended Trump's claim the virus is "totally harmless" in 99% of cases.
During an appearance Monday on "Fox & Friends," Meadows said "the vast majority of people are safe from this" and, other than people with underlying medical conditions, the "risks are extremely low and the president’s right with that, and the facts and the statistics back us up there."
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But other experts say there is potential danger in telling the public COVID-19 is harmless to all but 1% of people with the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns older adults and people with chronic health conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes face greater risk.
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A growing number of people are suffering for months, but research is limited. Here are some of their stories.An unknown but growing number of the 4 million U.S. COVID-19 patients say they can't shake symptoms ranging from fatigue to serious respiratory or neurological problems, often for months after diagnosis. The ailments are all the more challenging because patients say they often face skeptical families, friends, employers and even doctors.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner, a neurologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, said published data suggests the share of people who experience serious complications is "significantly higher" than 1%.
The symptoms can include aches, anxiety, night sweats, rapid heartbeats and breathing problems. More recent research has revealed life-threatening complications such as stroke caused by blood clots.
Cars are seen as the drivers wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the COVID test site located in the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot on July 06, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Florida is experiencing a spike in cases of people with the coronavirus and has put plans in place to close some businesses to combat the rise.
Lillian Palacios, left, holds her son, Daniel, 7, as a healthcare professional prepares to take a sample from him at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston.
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A Tampa Public Safety Officer signals drivers where to go at a coronavirus testing site at the Lee Davis Community Resource Center on June 25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. The USF Health system partnered with the Hillsborough County Government to provide coronavirus testing at several location sites throughout the county. Florida is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, as the state reached a new record for single-day infections on Wednesday with 5,511 new cases.
Bob Audette, a reporter for the Brattleboro Reformer, gets COVID-19 test at ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care, in Brattleboro, Vt., on Saturday, May 16, 2020. (Kristopher Radder /The Brattleboro Reformer via AP) ORG XMIT: VTBRA101
Physician's assistant Jessica DeMarco places a swab into a vial after collecting a sample from a patient tested for COVID-19 at the Sangamon County Health Clinic's drive-up testing site at 2833 South Grand Ave. East in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Dr. Careyana Brenham waits with a swab to test a patient for COVID-19 at the Sangamon County Health Clinic's drive-up testing site at 2833 South Grand Ave. East in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, May 12, 2020.
Jersey City, N.J., started giving residents COVID-19 tests May 4 even if they did not show any symptoms of the virus. Some stood in line for 90 minutes to receive the free test. (Pets were not given tests.)
A medical professional works at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site at Cambridge Health Alliance Somerville Hospital on April 28, 2020 in Somerville, Massachusetts. The city of Somerville is offering free testing to any resident who wants it, and requiring residents to wear masks in public spaces in order to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
A medical professional administers a COVID-19 test during a drive-thru testing station on March 26, 2020 in Daly City, Calif. New coronavirus testing stations are opening up each day in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Laboratory Technologist Roger Knauf, left, and Sarah Dell, test for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus at Gravity Diagnostics in Covington, Kentucky Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The work is conducted in a secure area and the actual test is done behind glass. The lab was founded in 2016 and was approved for COVID-19 testing on March 16. The CEO is Tony Remington.
A healthcare worker with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive-through testing site Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in Las Vegas. UNLV Medicine, the clinical arm of the UNLV School of Medicine, started conducting COVID-19 testing by appointment for people who meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
Police officers direct drivers as they enter Glen Island Park in New Rochelle, N.Y March 22, 2020. The park was the first site set in Westchester County set up for Covid-19 testing. New Rochelle was the epicenter of the spread of the Covid-19 virus after congregants of a neighborhood synagogue were the first to be diagnosed with the virus.
A healthcare worker prepares to swab a driver, Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The National Guard opened a coronavirus drive-thru testing site Sunday testing first responders. On Monday, they planned to expand it to people at least 65 years old who are showing symptoms of the illness.
Stephanie Crilley, R.N., left, and nurse practitioner April Sweeney, at right, prepare to begin testing at the drive-through testing site at the AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion in Millcreek Township, Pa. Saint Vincent Hospital officials expected to test up to 40 patients daily at the site, which opened Friday. All patients tested must have a Saint Vincent Hospital physician referral and appointment. The samples will be tested for flu strains before they're tested for COVID-19, a new coronavirus.
A police officer waves traffic past the entrance to a drive-through COVID-19 testing center after it reached capacity in Paramus, N.J., Friday, March 20, 2020. The coronavirus testing center opened Friday in Bergen County which has been the state's hardest-hit area. Gov. Phil Murphy said only those with symptoms should get in line, and not those whom he called the "worried well," people who are feeling well but are concerned they could be infected. The facility will have the capacity to conduct 2,500 tests a week, according to the governor.
Workers wearing protective clothing conduct test samples inside a plastic tent, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at a state-managed coronavirus drive-through testing site that just opened on Staten Island in New York. It is the first drive-through site in New York City, although there others located in New Rochelle and at Jones Beach on Long Island, and more around the state.
A member of the New York state National Guard holds a sign for drivers who came for COVID-19 testing, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at a state-managed coronavirus drive-through test site operating on it's first day on Staten Island in New York.
Hospital personnel assist people at a coronavirus screening tent outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in New York. If they determine that someone may have the virus they are brought into the hospital for a full test.
Georgia Esoteric and Molecular (GEM) Lab research associate Yasmeen Jilani, seated, tests possible coronavirus samples at the GEM lab at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Thursday morning March 19, 2020.
New York State Department of Health worker gives instructions to a person seeking a coronavirus test at a COVID-19 drive-through testing site at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Wantagh, N.Y. New York is among roughly ten states that have set up their own drive-through testing centers, as state and local leaders look to compensate for an acute shortage of tests in the United States.
Clark Drobek works at processing collections of swabs taken from various patients to see if they tested negative or positive for the Coronavirus COVID-19. The pathology and laboratory medicine labs at the Henry Ford Hospital on W. Grand Blvd in Detroit , Mich. were very busy on March 17, 2020 with many medical technologists and laboratory managers working long hours.
Individuals are tested for COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus at a mobile clinic set up in the parking lot at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix on the morning of March 18, 2020. Only Mayo Clinic patients with a doctor's order could use the mobile clinic. A slow but steady stream of vehicles was passing through the mobile clinic on Wednesday morning.
A medical worker tests a person for the coronavirus at a drive-through facility primarily for first responders and medical personnel in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, "This is not a time to panic. It's not as if we have never been through this before. We've been through this many, many times."
A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. Wide scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing infectious diseases. But the U.S. effort has been plagued by a series of missteps.
"The concern about that statement is that people may not fully recognize the dangers of COVID-19 infections and may not take the appropriate precautions," Wagner said.
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Dr. Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of Harvard Global Health Institute, said it's harmful to not communicate COVID-19's risk and underplay its threat.
"Ultimately, a large part of how well we can control the virus is going to depend on people’s behavior," Jha said. "And to the extent that you have leaders who are trusted by large segments of our population saying that it’s not a good deal, it’s all about testing and most people do fine and for 99% of people it’s harmless – it does two things: it says there isn’t an outbreak out there or not much of one, and even if you get infected, it would be no big deal at all. We know both of those things are not true."
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Jha said a growing number of people with lingering symptoms and the amount of lung damage visible on scans "makes me very worried about functional capacity and long-term lung function in a lot of these people who survive."
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Though there is no data on long-term effects, Jha estimates "a sizable minority" of 10% to 20% of patients will have "meaningful long-term clinical effects of this virus."
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Kennedy Krieger anticipates more and more children will need therapy to rehab from COVID-19 neurological and physical complications, so it has set up a clinic for children, teens and adults under the age of 21. Patients are assigned to a care team that includes a neurologist, podiatrist, mental health specialist, physical therapist and occupational therapist.
"There really is to need to help those who have been seriously ill with COVID-19 to regain their previous function," Wagner said.
Adults and children recovering from severe cases might experience neurological issues, loss of strength, psychological distress, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, Wagner said.
In rare cases, children develop multi-symptom inflammatory disorder that can trigger an exaggerated immune response. In such cases, the immune response attacks the heart and kidneys or trigger respiratory failure or stroke.
Bishof, the former firefighter, likened the experience of COVID-19 survivors with nagging health struggles to a "mass casualty incident." She said there was a failure to recognize the severity of the illness for those who were not necessarily in the hospital but still dealt with health problems.
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“This order is especially important to know when we have overlapping cycles of illnesses like the flu that coincide with infections of COVID-19,” said Peter Kuhn, professor of medicine, biomedical engineering, and aerospace and mechanical engineering at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. "Doctors can determine what steps to take to care for the patient, and they may prevent the patient's condition from worsening." require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
"Maybe we survived, but we aren't living," she said. "We're not able to do what we did before."
Contributing: Karen Weintraub and Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY.
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