Shelley Hayden of Sonoma has a long COVID case so severe that her “brain is broken,” she said. The 54-year-old marketing coach asked not to be interrupted in the conversation so as not to lose her train of thought.
Berkeley’s Tyler Gustafson recovered from COVID-19 in 2020, then was struck last summer with what felt like a heart attack: deep, aching chest pain. His body was tingling. His blood pressure skyrocketed. His left side went numb and his thinking slowed. Even his vision got distorted. Worse still, the symptoms never stopped, so the management consultant went on sick leave. He was 30 years old.