Women suffering from long-term symptoms of coronavirus have again turned to doctors who they say do not acknowledge their suffering and dismiss it as a psychological condition or stress.
Speaking to NBC News, a Portland Ails court in Oregon said the respiratory illness originally fell ill more than four months ago, but it is still experiencing a number of debilitating symptoms.
She said doctors downplayed her complaints of constant shortness of breath, lung pain and tingling in the calves, saying all the symptoms were on her mind.
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“I’m so sick and some people tell me it’s the fruit of my imagination. It really feels like a nightmare, ”she said. “”; Gas lighting “is a word I use many times.”
Ms Court explained that the lack of compassion for her illnesses is a sexual aspect and felt that a patient patient who had urgently raised about the same health problems would have been taken more seriously.
“There are long-standing biases that are everywhere,” the report quoted dr. Melissa Simon, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Center for Health Equality Transformation at Feinberg Medical School, Northwestern University.
Previous research has revealed that women are neglected in health care systems and are often inadvertently dismissed due to deep-seated unconscious professional bias.
2012 A U.S. study found that paramedics were less likely to take a seriously injured woman to an emergency or other injury center (49 percent of women compared to 62 percent of men).
Women are also less likely to be referred for testing if they complain of heart symptoms, and are more likely to die after a severe heart attack due to a lack of care, studies have found.
Colored people are also disproportionately affected by unconscious medical bias, with data showing that black patients with acute pain will be prescribed medication 40 percent less often than white patients and Latin American patients 25 percent less often than white patients.
Alisa Valdés, 51, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, described a similar situation as Mr. Court.
She said doctors “do their best” [her] as a woman, as little as possible [her] like latina. “
She explained how she experienced severe complications of the disease, including emergency surgery to remove the gallbladder, severe burning in the gastrointestinal tract, unbearable pain in the sternum and upper back, and loss of appetite.
“No one is going to say they discriminate against you for those reasons,” she told the broadcaster.
So what do I have to go for? Intuition, instinct, previous experience. Attitudes of certain service providers. That’s how they look at you. The way they don’t look at you. How they shrug you. “
Adrienne Crenshaw, 38, of Houston, who is black, in June. In the middle, she became infected with the coronavirus and said she had been forced to go into an emergency several times since this month.
She told the broadcaster that no overt racism or sexism was observed during treatment, but said doctors often attribute her ongoing symptoms to stress and grief over her father’s recent death from the virus.
Ms. Crenshaw, who was prescribed medication for anxiety based on her symptoms, said she once heard a doctor say, “The girl is perfectly normal, there’s nothing wrong with her.”
“I look like,‘ I’m not completely perfect. I’m not just going to the ER to build a room, “she told the broadcaster.
More and more in the U.S. are constantly reporting long-term effects of the virus as the pandemic continues to rage, infecting more than four million Americans.
Earlier in July. The best expert on communicable diseases in the country is dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledged at a news conference the possibility that the disease could cause “post-viral syndrome.”
“If you look at it anecdotally, there is no doubt that there are a number of people who suffer from viral syndrome, which in many ways is inactive for weeks and weeks after the so-called recovery,” said Dr. Fauci.
“So this needs to be taken seriously, as it could be a viral syndrome associated with Covid-19,” he added.
Jessica Dine, director of Penn Medicine’s Advanced Lung Consultancy and a pulmonologist treating patients with persistent symptoms, told NBC News that “the first step is to recognize that these symptoms are real.”
“The frustrating thing for the patient and the doctor is that we don’t know if it will improve and when,” she said.