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Some COVID Patients Report Residual Voice Problems after Infection

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Some COVID-19 patients are now experiencing problems with their voice.

Fox News reports these issues include hoarseness, quality of voice, and a condition called vocal fatigue, which can have an impact on a person’s quality of life.

Dr. Catherine Crawley, a speech pathologist, says, “If a patient is feeling fatigued after using their voice, they may tend to not want to communicate as often as usual.  They may withdraw from social activities as speaking becomes too taxing and no longer pleasurable.  A patient may not be able to perform their regular duties in their workplace as speaking is too difficult.

Health experts say vocal fatigue symptoms may include the feeling of a raspy, strained, or breathy quality in a patient’s voice.  Some may also complain of discomfort, while they’re speaking, and experience a loss of range or pitch and breaks in their voice.

The issue was even found with patients who did not require intubation.

Crawley says this may occur due to compromised respiratory status, overall fatigue, and other underlying medical issues, which occur after infection with the novel coronavirus.

Health experts say anyone who experiences voice issues should seek an examination by an ENT (ear, nose, and throat specialist), to evaluate their vocal cords.

There’s more, here:  (Fox)

 

  • Some COVID patients are now experience residual issues with their voice, including vocal fatigue
  • Experts say this can interfere with quality of life in some cases, and if you’re having voice issues you should make an appointment with an ENT doctor to have your vocal cords examined


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