In class, Messiah, an honors student, said that “my mind would feel like it was going somewhere else.”
In a June quote in Children’s National that the Times observed, Dr. Abigail Bosk, a rheumatologist, told her that her post-Covid fatigue was more debilitating than simple tiredness. His athleticism, he said, should help the recovery, but “it’s really not something you can beat.”
Dr. Yonts said that Messiah’s treatment plan, including physical therapy, resembles treating a concussion. For the summer, he recommended “trying to give your brain a break, but also slowly build the stamina to learn and think again.”
Messiah has had at least two hobbies: playing the piano and writing poetry.
“I don’t want to float my boat, but I feel like I’m a pretty good writer,” he said. “I can still write. It’s just that sometimes I have to think more than usual. “
An unbearable cycle
Sometimes Miya Walker feels like she used to. But after about four to six weeks, extreme fatigue and concentration difficulties reappear.
This roller coaster has lasted over a year. When she contracted Covid in June 2020, Miya, from Crofton, Maryland, was 14 years old. At the end of August, he will turn 16.
Each time, “we thought it was going to end,” said her mother, Maisha Walker. “Then it came again, and it was so disappointing for her.”