January 13, 2021
Electra Paskett, Ph.D., WHI Principal Investigator and the Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University, had done everything right. As a three-time survivor of breast cancer, once the COVID-19 pandemic struck the United States, she knew it was particularly important to safeguard her health. Like so many of us, Dr. Paskett committed to undertaking all the recommended measures prescribed by public health experts: staying home as much as possible; employing good hygiene through routine handwashing; and, when it was necessary to leave home, donning a mask and remaining conscientious about maintaining physical distance from others.
Despite her best efforts to remain safe, Dr. Paskett came down with COVID-19 last fall, ultimately requiring a five-day hospital stay. In a guest editorial to The Cancer Letter, she movingly chronicles her experience with the virus, from onset of symptoms, to hospitalization, to discharge. She reminds us that recovery from COVID-19 is not always straightforward as, like some patients, she faced aftereffects including “brain fog” and positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). In presenting her experience, Dr. Paskett lists several lessons she learned along the way that may prove helpful to others confronted with a positive COVID-19 test.
The WHI program is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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