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WKYT Investigates | COVID confusion

Initial coronavirus symptoms are common signs for other illnesses, too. That can cause problems for patients.
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 

CARLISLE, Ky. (WKYT) – Lakyn Reid has always spent a lot of time in the woods, hiking, hunting and just enjoying nature. Now, though, she’s hesitant to go out.

“My life drastically changed,” she said. “Forever.”

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I’m far more worried about tick-borne illnesses than COVID-19.

I highly doubt this woman is alone.  With the hyper-attention being given to COVID-19, doctors are even less likely to think about TBI’s.

This poor woman has both Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which also isn’t uncommon:

Important quote from news story:

“We’re having patients that are tested several times for COVID, and then later on finding that it was Lyme Disease,” Vicki Petsy, president of the Kentucky Lyme Disease Association told WKYT’s Garrett Wymer. “And this is happening too much.”

My prediction: this will continue to happen.

Also important to note is the CDC’s statement that RMSF and Ehrlichiosis are the most common tick-borne illnesses in Kentucky and that Lyme used to be less common but is increasing, but then illogically state cases are ‘rare.’

With testing that misses over 70% of cases, I think we can surmise many are going undiagnosed:

It took Reid two weeks before getting a correct diagnosis.  This is actually pretty good considering many patients go YEARS without knowing they are infected with things that can kill them out right.  

It’s beyond time for accurate testing.

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