When a coronavirus ‘recovery’ doesn’t feel like one — 8/3/20

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Today we highlight a story by Madeline Heim, a former Wisconsin Watch intern who now reports for the Appleton Post-Crescent. She details residents’ long road to recovery from a coronavirus infection — even for those who do not end up in the hospital.

“A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of COVID-19 patients found that more than a third who didn’t require hospital care still had not returned to normal health two to three weeks after their positive test,” Heim reports. 

“Of those surveyed, one in five people ages 18-34 who had no underlying medical conditions had not returned to their usual health.”

Kristin Walloch, a Milwaukee woman who tested positive in June, told Heim: “I’m worried that COVID eats at you bit by bit until it finally gets you.”

Top Stories

Rachel Kubik / Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Students at Messmer Catholic Schools will be learning virtually until at least early October.

‘It’s just going to be like this now’: These Wisconsinites survived COVID-19, but ‘recovery’ hasn’t meant a return to normalAppleton Post-Crescent 

Evers says Wisconsin businesses back him on mask order as Republicans weigh whether to undo itMilwaukee Journal Sentinel 

‘It’s about time’: Many residents complying as state mask mandate goes into effect on SaturdayGreen Bay Press Gazette 

Virus relief bill remains up in air as negotiations resumeAssociated Press

As US milk sales rise amid pandemic, ‘Got milk?’ ads returnAssociated Press 

Neighborhood private and charter schools make virtual plans as COVID-19 cases create safety concernsMilwaukee Neighborhood News Service 

How many COVID-19 cases at UW? No data collection so far, but dashboards launch soonWisconsin State Journal 

Early research shows fewer inmates flattened COVID-19 curve at Dane County JailThe Cap Times 

The mask slackers of 1918The New York Times 

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Quotable

“My gut sense is that in the vetting process for any COVID-19 vaccine, there’s going to be a high level of scrutiny for safety. So far everything has been progressing very appropriately through these Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials. And the Food and Drug administration has final say in working with the manufacturers in how to set up clinical trials, how to interpret the data and ultimately the FDA has to look at the data and accept that and determine that it’s appropriate. I have a lot of confidence in the vaccine safety infrastructure in this country.”

Jonathan Temte, a physician and associate dean with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, speaking to The Cap Times 

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