Mastic woman left without options for medical procedure due to long-haul COVID-19 issues

Doctors say patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can test positive for the virus for several months.

News 12 Staff

Mar 31, 2021, 7:49 PM

Updated 1,117 days ago

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A Mastic woman is among those dealing with long-term positive COVID-19 tests, which is leaving her without any options while needing an important medical procedure.
Laurel Lucero, of Mastic, became sick with the virus in January but keeps testing positive for COVID-19.
Doctors say patients who have recovered from COVID-19 can test positive for the virus for several months.
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Lucero has cataracts in both of her eyes and needs surgery. She cannot get it due to surgery protocols at facilities across Long Island.
"That's what I am up against now. I am almost completely blind, I cannot work, I cannot drive, I can't do anything that requires any visual acuity. And it's closing in on me fairly quickly," says Lucero.
Lucero's situation is just one version of long-haul impacts -- other patients have recovered and complain of COVID-19 symptoms even months after they test negative.
Northwell Health's Dr. Fred Davis says up to 30% of those who recover from COVID-19 have lingering symptoms, which include weakness, cough, shortness of breath and what's known as a "brain fog."


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