Michigan Medicine Opens Long Distance COVID Clinic For Adults and Children

ANN ARBOR, me. – For some survivors, the fight against COVID-19 is measured in months and even years.

They have become known as “long distance riders” who often develop severe chronic symptoms that persist long after the initial infection.

The University of Michigan has set up two new long-range COVID-19 clinics, one for adults and one for children. They said it was important to have a coordinated approach to caring for these patients and looking for better answers.

For a Metro Detroit family, it offers hope. Jordyn Stickel, 13, of Orion Township, was a happy, healthy kid when she got a mild case of COVID last November.

Her family said it started with symptoms like a cold, a sore throat and then got a really low fever. Then the symptoms developed into debilitating headaches, excessive fatigue, joint pain, and brain fog. You said nothing seems to be working.


Before COVID, Jordyn Stickel was a great kayaker and a member of the basketball team. Her family said she was on the robot team at school, in honor classes, and now she is different.

Heather Stickel, Jordyn Stickel’s mother, said the symptoms didn’t make her return to school or the activities she loves.

“She gets exhausted extremely easily, so she might work a few hours doing something like reading a book or sitting outside by the fire or something, and then she’ll sleep for a couple of days,” said Heather Stickel said.


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