Does not sound like much of a recovery now does it?

Courtesy of Leitrim Observer

A recent survey by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has found that two-thirds of nurses who contracted Covid-19 are still experiencing post-viral fatigue.

Of the 545 nurses surveyed who have recovered from the virus, 65 percent continue to suffer fatigue.

A further 91 percent, or 497 of the 545 nurses, stated they continued to experience symptoms, which also included mental health difficulties, headaches and breathing problems.

Other post-viral symptoms cited by respondents included anxiety, “brain fog”, dizziness, recurring fever and palpitations.

INMO said that 81 percent of all 7,000 nurses and midwives surveyed, including those who did not contract Covid-19, said that working in the health service during the pandemic substantially or somewhat impacted their mental health.

“Fatigue is a major risk to patient and staff safety – especially in a pandemic. Many of our members are reporting that despite recovery, they are still facing exhaustion,” said INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

“The impacts of this virus can be long-lasting, so nurses and midwives returning to work after recovery are going to need support. For many, there will be a long road to full recovery.

We simply do not yet know what the long term effects of this disease will be, but from what we have seen so far I would be willing to bet that they are going to be even worse than what most of us anticipate. 

I do not think there will be a “herd immunity,” but I do worry about the mass weakening of immune systems that leave the victims far more susceptible to whatever illness are yet to come.