Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez confirms he's dealing with heart issue stemming from COVID-19 infection

Rodriguez will be shut down for at least a week with the hope that his heart inflammation goes away


By R.J. Anderson, CBS Sports

Jul 27, 2020


Earlier this week, the Boston Red Sox shut down left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez's throwing program after discovering health complications stemming from his bout with COVID-19. On Sunday, Rodriguez confirmed a report from WEEI's Rob Bradford that his "complication" is myocarditis, or "an inflammation of the heart muscle," per the Mayo Clinic.


Rodriguez, 27, told reporters he was "still scared" about the condition after learning more about it in recent days, but that he doesn't intend to opt out of playing at some point this season. "I want to be pitching yesterday, the day before, or today," he said, according to Bradford. "I want to be out there every time I can, so I'm never thinking of getting out of the season. I feel bad every time I see a game happening and I'm not even in the dugout."


The current plan for Rodriguez entails him taking the week off before undergoing another MRI. At that point, doctors will determine if the inflammation has subsided and he can resume activity. Otherwise, Rodriguez may not get his wish of pitching in a game anytime soon.


Myocarditis can affect the "heart's ability to pump and causing rapid or abnormal heart rhythms," according to the Mayo Clinic, and is usually caused by a viral infection. Although COVID-19 is considered a respiratory disease, it has been linked to myocarditis frequently enough to merit further scientific study. A sports cardiologist explained to CBS Sports the potential impact of COVID-19 on the heart before the season resumed...


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Long-lasting COVID symptoms from lungs to limbs linger in coronavirus 'long haulers'

A growing number of people are suffering for months, but research is limited. Here are some of their stories.


Jayne O'Donnell, and Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY

Jul 25, 2020 


It's not all in their minds.


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.


Research is limited on these so-called "long haulers." New York City's Mount Sinai hospital appears to have the first post-COVID treatment center in the U.S.


A study of 143 patients in Italy out this month in JAMA Network found 87% of patients who had recovered from COVID-19 reported at least one lingering symptom, notably fatigue and trouble breathing.


Natalie Lambert, an Indiana University associate research professor, analyzed at least 1,100 responses to a poll about post-COVID-19 symptoms in the 81,000-member Survivor Corps Facebook group. More than half of the patients reported at least one of six symptoms, including the now-common fatigue and breathing problems.


The list also includes two Ė inability to exercise or be active and difficulty concentrating Ė the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn't yet cited in its list of COVID-19 symptoms.


Karyn Bishof appears to have most of them.


On Saturday, the Boca Raton, Florida resident hit Day 133 of suffering with a staggering list of symptoms that includes: cough, chronic fatigue, memory issues, vision impairment, chest heaviness, drastic heart rate and oxygen changes, sore throat, hair loss, heart palpitations, reflux, nausea, dizziness, vertigo, rapid hot flashes, joint paint, full body itchiness, tremors, mild fever, dry mouth, excessive thirst, overheating with no fever, rash, sleep apnea, chest pain and tinnitus.


She started her own poll in the Survivor Corps group in June to see how many other so-called COVID-19 "long haulers" there were. More than 1,500 people said they, too, were still suffering and more than half said the symptoms lasted more than three months.


Diana Berrent, who created Survivors Corps in March while isolating at home with COVID-19, estimates more than half of the Facebook group members who no longer test positive still experience COVID-19 symptoms.


Lambert said patients face even more skepticism with symptoms affecting the brain. Those include problems with memory, sleeping, irritability or sadness. Patients said their doctors often attribute sleeping problems to stress.


More than 40% of respondents in Bishof's poll reported their doctors hadn't listened to or believed them.


Dr. Maja Artandi is not one of them. 


"We definitely see prolonged symptoms, sometimes a lingering cough and the most serious cases have long term chest pains and still feel they can't breathe well," said Artandi, medical director of an outpatient COVID-19 clinic at Stanford University hospital. "It just causes all kinds of inflammation and takes awhile to heal."


Dr. George Abraham, chief of the department of medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, said the body's response to the virus's lingering inflammation will dictate how long it takes to resolve.


"The virus itself is a receptor that binds to the human body," said Dr. Makesh Madhavan, a fellow in the cardiology division at Columbia University Medical Center. Because the body has so many receptors, where the virus connects and inflames may depend on which organs already are compromised or factors still not understood, he said.


Patients with preexisting cardiac diseases, diabetes or coronary artery disease are always at higher risk, he added.


The lungs can nearly "drown in secretions" during the infection, which make them stiff.  It can take a long time for them to "start expanding and relaxing" again, said Abraham.


And just how long any of this takes is one of coronavirus' biggest unknowns.


"Itís only been about six months that COVID's been in the U.S. so the term 'long term' is relatively relative," Madavan said. 


"We have no idea if or when this will ever end" ...


"Doctors have told me this could last anywhere from six months to a year" ...


"I realized how much I wanted to live" ...


"I felt odd because I wasn't getting better" ...


"I try to focus on: what can I do to help myself?" ...


"Some days feel like I donít have one ounce of energy left in my body" ...


"This is not how they said COVID would be." ...


"We can do this" ...


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Young, healthy adults with mild COVID-19 also take weeks to recover - CDC


Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva, Reuters

via Thomson Reuters Foundation - 24 July 2020


 (Reuters) - Young, previously healthy adults can take weeks to fully recover from even a mild COVID-19 infection, with about a fifth of patients under 35 years reporting not returning to their usual state of health up to 21 days after testing positive, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


A telephone survey across 13 states of symptomatic adults with mild COVID-19 found 35% had not returned to their usual state of health when interviewed two to three weeks after testing, the CDC reported in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Friday.


Cough, fatigue and shortness of breath were among the symptoms reported while testing that persisted even weeks later, according to the report.


The findings indicate recovery can be prolonged even in young adults without chronic medical conditions, making a case for public health messaging to target populations that might not perceive COVID-19 as being a severe illness.


Between April 15 and June 25, telephone interviews were done with a random sample of people over 18 years of age who got themselves tested for COVID-19 at an outpatient visit, CDC said.


The interviews were done 14 to 21 days after the test date, and patients were asked about symptoms during testing, whether they had returned to their usual state of health, and if they suffer from a chronic medical condition.


Among 292 people interviewed, 274 reported experiencing one or more symptoms at the time of testing...