Henry is the Firefighters Health Rep for the Health Benefit Fund and contributes articles to the the Fire Union
magazine the "Grapevine". The attachment is info and opinions gathered by Henry.
April 1, 2021
In the last couple of weeks, I have received emails from some of our members thanking me for asking our members to continue using face masks for the rest of the year. There seems to be a lot of agreement among our members to continue using face masks.
I really hate to continue bringing up dire information about the aftermath of a Coronavirus infection; as I’ve said before, the lasting results of the dreaded Coronavirus can be devastating.
I have received a few emails from some of our members describing the after affects of a bout with the Covid-19 virus. Unfortunately, some got to the point of bragging that they had been infected with Covid-19 and that they were sure that they would not be infected again.
You know from the past that I have cautioned our members about the lasting effects of an attack by the Coronavirus. I’m going to resurrect two short paragraphs of the many after effects of a bout with Civid-19. After you read them, I will tell you the tale of one of our members that suffered from one of the many after affects.
While doing research on the after effects of COVID-19 I ran across important additional information. Guillain-Barre syndrome. This heterogeneous disorder often follows a viral infection. This is a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves.
The condition may be triggered by an acute bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms start as weakness and tingling in the feet and legs, eventually, symptoms spread to the upper body. Paralysis can occur. Special blood treatments (plasma exchange and immunoglobulin therapy) can relieve symptoms. Physical therapy is needed. The sources for this information are: Mayo Clinic and others.
This experience is from a member who contracted “Guillian Barre,” in 1996. He cannot attribute it to the Coronavirus directly, however, I want to emphasis the devastating result of the “Guillian Barre” infection.
He told me that he had tingling of his legs, no physical strength, double vision, and he could not walk. He was out of work for 3 months. His doctor told him not to get any other inoculations for 24 years.
Forward to the year 2020; He checked with another doctor to see if it was safe to get the Covid-19 shot. The doctor considered the member’s bout with Guillian Barre many years before. The doctor told him that the Coronavirus shot at this point was more beneficial than the risk involved. After getting the inoculation he developed “Bells Palsy.
We cannot blame the result of the member’s Bells Palsy solely on the Covid-19 inoculation. The doctor had warned him that since he had been infected with Guillian Barre many years before, he should not get an inoculation for 24 years.
I’ll leave you with this thought.
The after effects of the COVID-19 infection may include damage to: liver, kidneys, heart, brain, possibility of strokes, seizures, temporary paralysis, a high risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, damage to the lungs, and especially long-term breathing problems.
While doing research on the after effects of COVID-19, I ran across important additional information about Guillain-Barre syndrome. This disorder sometimes follows a viral infection. This is a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves.
BY ELIZABETH HANES, BSN, NOVEMBER 12, 2020
Let me jump right to business: Everyone needs to wear a face mask in public (and at home if you’re sick) -- even if you’ve already had COVID19.