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Covid-19 patients with side effects 16 months after diagnosis of the Ruby Princess cluster

‘Killed my life’: Passenger caught Covid from Ruby Princess cruise ship reveals horrific symptoms she STILL suffers over a year later

  • Julie Lamrock contracted Covid-19 in March 2020, still suffering from side effects
  • The 55-year-old driver was diagnosed after picking up the Ruby Princess passenger
  • About 16 months later, she still suffers from physical and cognitive side effects
  • Researchers say 10-30% of hospitalized cases will be affected by ‘long Covid’

A shuttle driver has revealed the nightmare symptoms she still suffers more than a year after being hit by Covid.

Julie Lamrock, 55, was one of the first in NSW to contract the virus and test positive after picking up a passenger from the ill-fated Ruby Princess cruise ship in March last year.

Some 16 months later, Ms Lamrock said Covid had “killed her life” and she hasn’t been the same person since diagnosis.

“I was like an energy rabbit. [Now] I can’t walk long distances, my feet burn, it feels like I’m walking on hot rocks, I feel so exhausted I feel like I want to collapse,” she told Sunrise on Thursday.

Julie Lamrock (pictured) was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March 2020.  16 months later she still suffers from side effects of the virus

Julie Lamrock (pictured) was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March 2020. 16 months later she still suffers from side effects of the virus

“I can’t even lie on my side to sleep at night. I can’t go up and down stairs, I have to crawl up the stairs. I have to consciously think about what I’m doing before I do it.’

Ms Lamrock is one of 5 percent of people who do not fully recover from the virus and are suffering from what has been called ‘long Covid’.

In addition to the physical side effects, Ms Lamrock said her cognitive ability has been severely diminished.

‘I used to have a photographic memory. Now I can’t even remember things,” she said.

Ms Lamrock said it is difficult to concentrate and she has trouble writing and spelling.

She fears she will carry the side effects of the virus for the rest of her life.

At the University of Copenhagen, research is being conducted into ‘lung Covid’.

Ms Lamrock (pictured) suffers from both physical and mental side effects of Covid-19

Ms Lamrock (pictured) suffers from both physical and mental side effects of Covid-19

Ms Lamrock (pictured) suffers from both physical and mental side effects of Covid-19

It refers to the long-term effects of the virus, identified when symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks after infection.

These symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, brain fog, insomnia, joint pain, ringing in the ears, diarrhea, headache, changes in sense of smell and taste, and skin rashes.

Professor Kamilla Miskowiak said 65 percent of people hospitalized with Covid continued to show signs of cognitive impairment four months after their first discharge.

Cognitive problems common in long-term Covid patients include not being able to remember things they were told, not being able to watch TV shows, having trouble concentrating and reading books.

She estimated that between 10 and 30 percent of coronavirus patients will be affected by Covid for a long time, with the long-term consequences sometimes being worse than the effects of the original virus.

Doctors have not been able to tell Ms Lamrock if or when her life will return to normal.

“They just say it is what it is. We can’t tell you. There are no answers,’ she said.

Ms Lamrock was diagnosed with Covid-19 after picking up a passenger from the Ruby Princess (pictured).  More than 900 cases are linked to the cruise ship cluster

Ms Lamrock was diagnosed with Covid-19 after picking up a passenger from the Ruby Princess (pictured).  More than 900 cases are linked to the cruise ship cluster

Ms Lamrock was diagnosed with Covid-19 after picking up a passenger from the Ruby Princess (pictured). More than 900 cases are linked to the cruise ship cluster

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