VIDEO: For a lot of people, getting over COVID-19 is more than getting over just the initial illness.
Recovery from long-lasting symptoms can take months and can require medical help, as a Mesquite Fire Department firefighter recently found out.
Rob Williams said he had hoped the worst was over after being released from his COVID-19 stay at the hospital. Weeks, even months later, he suffered from fatigue, joint pain and anxiety that he would never return to normal health.
"I’ve had injuries before. They can always give you like, 'This will take you 4-6 weeks to recover,'" he said. "With this, it is was like, 'We don’t know for how long it’s going to take.' And that mental side may be harder than dealing with the sickness."
"I had joint pain so bad that it hurt to walk. If I made it into the kitchen, I was tired and had to lay down and take a break," he said.