Infectious disease specialist Rodger D MacArthur, MD, and his wife went on a vacation earlier this summer, one well earned after MacArthur has spent the past 2 years coping with COVID-19 infection at the Medical College of Georgia as a clinician caring for patients (including the vaccine-opposed), as a professor teaching new medical students during social distancing mandates, and as a member of the medical discipline the rest of us looked to for answers.
MacArthur, a long-time contributor to Patient Care, didn't have stellar news to report when we asked how his time off went:
They are both 95%+ recovered, each having experienced symptoms for about 18 days. His original symptom constellation included headache, fever to 102F, sinus congestion, dry cough, and fatigue--all of which ended at about 4-5 days. His wife had the same symptoms plus one day of emesis (day 1). Her dry cough lasted for 3 weeks.
The enduring symptom he describes as "fatigue." Not overwhelming or disabling fatigue, but fatigue making a daily nap a must and an extra hour of sleep each night standard. Colleagues, residents, and students he has spoken to corroborate the fatigue factor.
MacArthur said that based now on his own experience with the Omicron variant and the experiences of others he has concluded: