Sonoma’s Shelley Hayden has a long history of COVID so severe that her “brain is broken,” she said. The 54-year-old marketing coach asked that she not be interrupted in the conversation so that she would not lose her way of thinking.
Berkeley’s Tyler Gustafson recovered from COVID-19 in 2020, and was later hit last summer with what felt like a heart attack: deep, painful chest pain. Her body pinched him. His blood pressure rose. His left side fell asleep and his thinking slowed. Even his vision was distorted. Worst of all, the symptoms never subsided, so the management consultant took a medical leave. He was 30 years old.