August 5, 2021

Meet the ‘long-haulers’: A growing chorus of coronavirus patients have had symptoms for more than 100 days

The people who’ve had coronavirus symptoms for more than 100 days have a nickname for themselves: the long-haulers.

They’ve been dealing with the virus for much longer than most of their peers, and far longer than their doctors anticipated. As their illnesses persist without explanation, these patients turn to online support groups on Facebook, Reddit, and Slack, where they seek medical advice, swap war stories, and share updates on their health.

“We’re all kind of diagnosing each other,” Peggy Goroly, a 56-year-old from Long Island who belongs to a coronavirus support group on Facebook, told Business Insider. “You’ll hear someone else say something and then you realize it’s happening to you, too.”

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