CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced this week that health care providers have found “funky stuff” in his bloodwork following his recovery from the coronavirus, the New York Post reports.
The longterm effects of this highly contagious virus are still unknown, and Cuomo is not the only person to report strange phenomena in their test results after an infection.
“Freaks me out a little bit”
In his broadcast on Tuesday, about two months after announcing his diagnosis, Cuomo revealed that his recovery is still not complete.
“I’m not 100%,” he said, according to the Post. “And there’s funky stuff in my blood work that doctors say is what they see in people who’ve had COVID. So, freaks me out a little bit. But commiserate is a word for a reason, you know, and people like to suffer together.”
Cuomo noted that he is just one of many coronavirus patients who “have strange tales to tell and not a lot of great answers from doctors to weird stuff in their bloodwork,” as The Hill reported.
The anchor has been open about his fight with the virus, which he said resulted in hallucinations, weight loss, and even a chipped tooth due to violent shivering. Soon after he tested positive, both his wife and son found out they had also contracted the virus.
Cuomo’s case did not require hospitalization and he emerged from quarantine on April 20. He says he now plans to donate plasma in hopes of aiding ongoing research efforts.
Uncertain longterm effects
In addition to the development of a possible vaccine and treatment, experts are also working to understand the longterm implications of a coronavirus infection.
So far, evidence shows patients who were put on a ventilator and underwent intensive care as part of their treatment appear to be at a higher risk of lung damage, particularly, acute respiratory distress syndrome, according to ABC News.
As for the “funky stuff” Cuomo reported in his own blood tests, it remains to be seen whether researchers will be able to determine a cause in the near future.
In any case, his personal account drives home the fact that there is much left to learn about this continuing crisis.
With an official death toll higher than 100,000 in the U.S., the humanitarian costs are compounded by the economic toll of stay-at-home orders meant to limit the virus’ spread.