The Long Haul

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us, and with vaccines starting to roll out, I think we’re all looking forward to getting past it. But some people who have had COVID-19, getting past it hasn’t been easy. In this Heartbeat, we talk with infectious disease expert, Dr. Larissa May, about “Long haul COVID”, or “Long COVID” – a syndrome that affects about 10% of people who have had COVID-19. 

Have you had long-haul COVID? We’d like to know how it affected you and what you’ve don’t to get through it. Share your story with us on social media, @empulsepodcast, or through our website, And please pass the word along to your friends and colleagues!

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Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Larissa May, Professor of Emergency Medicine with a Masters in Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Director of Emergency Department Antibiotic Stewardship at UC Davis.


Information and resources for COVID-19 long-haulers at UC Davis support, information and resources (UK based)

The Body Politic COVID-19 support group 

Rubin R. As Their Numbers Grow, COVID-19 “Long Haulers” Stump Experts. JAMA. 2020 Sep 23. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.17709. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32965460.

Townsend L, Dowds J, O’Brien K, Sheill G, Dyer AH, O’Kelly B, Hynes JP, Mooney A, Dunne J, Ni Cheallaigh C, O’Farrelly C, Bourke NM, Conlon N, Martin-Loeches I, Bergin C, Nadarajan P, Bannan C. Persistent Poor Health Post-COVID-19 Is Not Associated with Respiratory Complications or Initial Disease Severity. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Jan 8. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202009-1175OC. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33413026.

Lehner, G.F., Klein, S.J., Zoller, H. et al. Correlation of interleukin-6 with Epstein–Barr virus levels in COVID-19. Crit Care 24, 657 (2020).


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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