Many long-haul COVID-19 patients report improvement after vaccination, surprising experts


Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune

via MSN - Jun 6, 2021


CHICAGO Wendy French of northwest suburban Lake in the Hills used to run 10 miles a day several times a week before she caught COVID-19 in September, which left her fatigued and suffering from a variety of symptoms for months after the virus was supposedly gone.


The previously healthy 45-year-old stopped running and even began dreading typical household chores such as doing laundry, because it required standing up for so long that she grew tired.


But after French got her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in mid-April, she described feeling healthy for the first time in more than seven months. The second dose in May brought greater improvement to her health.


I felt really good the next day after the first one, she said. I had more energy than Ive had in weeks.


Its a phenomenon that has surprised and elated medical experts: A growing number of COVID-19 long-haulers, those with lingering long-term symptoms linked to the virus, are reporting sudden improvement after getting a COVID-19 vaccine.


Initial research has found that anywhere from 30% to 40% of these patients describe some symptom relief post-vaccination, the latest medical mystery posed by the new virus...