St. Louis alderwoman says vaccine helped her long-term symptoms
“I got the second vaccine a week ago from today and started feeling improvement in symptoms about a week after the first vaccine,” said Alderwoman Megan Green
ST. LOUIS – For St. Louis Alderwoman Megan Green, she tried to get out of the COVID-19 maze she entered in December.
“I was this healthy 37-year-old. Before I got COVID-19, I was physically active and then went to a place where I couldn’t get up,” said Green.
The virus took over and she was sick with a fever for 21 days for three weeks.
She beat COVID-19, but the effects of the virus lingered for months.
“I’ve been going through neurological symptoms over and over again,” she said. “Half my body was numb and I had trouble concentrating. Very sluggish, tired. I wasn’t functioning normally. It took months.”
Dr. Sarah George, SLU Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, said long-term COVID-19 is seen in 10% or, in some studies, 30% of people who got COVID-19. She also said it is more common in women.
But recently Green saw great relief after a little push.
“I got the second vaccine a week ago from today and about a week after the first vaccine I started improving symptoms. Wow, I feel a lot better. The fatigue I was having wasn’t as bad as it was The heaviness in my legs was almost gone. The numbness in my face was gone, “she said.
Some symptoms disappeared and her energy levels improved.
Dr. George said this isn’t just happening to Green.
A patient advocacy group called Survivor Corps recently interviewed nearly 900 long-distance drivers.
According to the group, 41% said their symptoms improved or went away after receiving the vaccine.
“Recently there was some data that some people who received the vaccine actually got better through their long COVID,” said Dr. George. “The vaccine is highly responsive to antibodies, which may help clear any remaining inflammation.”
COVID-19 could cause an autoimmune disease and the vaccine works by resetting the immune system.
Research is ongoing and answers may not be published for several months, for an exact reason why the vaccine may be working for them.
But Green has the feeling that at the end of the tunnel she finally found the light. The vaccine will help her find the way out.
She hopes it can do the same for others.
“Be sure to get the vaccine,” Green exclaims.
Dr. George also encourages people to get the vaccine to avoid COVID-19 and return to a new normal.
“You won’t get post-COVID syndrome if you don’t get COVID. Get vaccinated as soon as possible, we really need an end to this pandemic,” said Dr. George.