KANSAS CITY, MO – A local COVID-19 long haul describes their experience with ongoing side effects and receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
Amanda Finley calls herself a long haul. Months after getting the virus, she was still experiencing side effects. But she is better now than she has been in a long time after getting the vaccine last month.
Before she got the vaccine, she went to countless doctor appointments to see how she could feel better. Finley said she was concerned about how the vaccine would react, but she never expected it.
“My heart rate is normal now. I can breathe better now. I can go up the stairs and I don’t feel like I’m going to die,” Finley said.
Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System said they don’t believe the vaccine helped Finley, but it might just be a good time for her symptoms to go away.
“We understand that we don’t fully understand the long-haul mechanisms. Obviously, on long-haul trips, we know if you got some of that inflammatory fluid and tissue in your lungs that helped make you have shortness of breath and cough, but we don’t think so that we know the mechanisms but I don’t think there is any mechanism that we can imagine if we get the vaccine that is making you immune to the spike protein right now I don’t see any solution to these problems ” said Dr. Dana Hawkinson, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University of Kansas.
Either way, Finley said she’s excited to feel better. She runs a Facebook page for long distance drivers and she said that some people on this page report that they feel better even after the vaccine.