Jackson County Public Health Officer Dr. Jim Shames says the virus affects everyone differently. While some patients have no symptoms, others are dying from it. He says in some cases, even when people recover, they still suffer side effects.
“There’s long term mental health and neuralgic and cardiovascular and pulmonary, that some people have, perhaps forever,” Dr. Shames said.
Dr. Shames wants to remind everyone to wash their hands and wear a mask.
Anna Weeks is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a degree in Digital Communication Arts and a minor in writing. Previously, she interned with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
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