Months after fighting coronavirus, some now face heart, lung or neurological problems

8 February 2021

Daisy Martinez did her best to avoid the coronavirus.

“Everyone was kind of shocked when I came down with it, because I was so protected. I always wore the PPE, washing my hands,” said Martinez, 56. “I was always doing the extra.”

But she caught the virus, as have millions of other Californians. And, like potentially hundreds of thousands of Californians, it’s with her still months later.

A registered nurse at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in West Covina, Martinez spent three months in a hotel after the coronavirus pandemic hit California to avoid bringing home the virus. Four months after she returned at her family’s request, Martinez was infected with COVID-19.

“The (chest) X-rays are scary,” she said. “It looks like ground glass. That’s COVID.”

She was only hospitalized three days at Keck Hospital of USC. But almost four months later, Martinez still hasn’t fully recovered.

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