Just as the world faced this new type of virus at the beginning - unprepared, ignorant, overwhelmed - it is now facing the consequences of a corona disease: "Long Covid". Shortness of breath, exhaustion, anxiety, difficulty concentrating. The list of symptoms is long, but we still don't understand where they come from. "My hands felt as if I had just touched the snow, the burning in my throat was so extreme, the chills came straight from hell," is how presenter and podcaster Charlotte Mellahn, aka Visa Vie, describes the symptoms of her corona disease the 407th episode of the podcast "important today".
Charlotte Mellahn is in her mid-30s, has been in front of the camera for as long as she can remember, and has published successful podcasts with "The Last Interview" and "Weird Crimes". About a year ago she was infected with Covid-19. Today she has made around 80 visits to the doctor and hospital, swallowed around 1,500 pills and, as of now, has at least three incurable complications, including chronic heart muscle inflammation and diabetes. Since suffering from Long Covid, she hasn't done a single live moderation. She can no longer work as a DJane either, she lacks the strength to do so. "I got sick and never got better," says Charlotte Mellahn.
For the healthy part of the population, Corona has become a minor matter in recent months. And Charlotte Mellahn would also like nothing more than that the topic would no longer exist for all of us. However, the presenter can only shake her head at the fact that many measures such as the obligation to wear a mask or to isolate are no longer required: "I have become a risk patient because of my infection." This also means that she is currently avoiding crowded places and has to withdraw: "Now that winter is coming, I haven't left the house for nine days."
Today she knows that if she had continued to exercise with her myocarditis, she could have died. Many wanted to see the heart muscle inflammation as a consequence of their vaccination, she says. Her symptoms started months after the vaccination but immediately with the Covid disease. "There's still so much catching up to do medically. This virus does things to people that we didn't know about before." Charlotte Mellahn advises other people affected: "You have to listen to your own body, you can't let yourself be turned away."
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