We’ve been think a lot about how long-COVID puts your commercial fishing career at risk. Long-COVID is a condition where disease symptoms persist up to 6 months after diagnosis. Some of these symptoms can be disabling and include tiredness or fatigue, difficulty thinking or concentrating, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, dizziness on standing, heart palpitations, chest pain, joint or muscle pain, depression or anxiety, fever, and loss of taste or smell. COVID can also cause damage to multiple organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin, and brain.
An article published by U.C. Davis Health, cites several studies indicating that 1 in 4 COVID
patients go on to develop long-COVID, with fatigue and breathing difficulties being the most common complaints. However, these are smaller studies, examining no more than a couple hundred cases each.
A new large scale study examined the electronic health records of 273,618 COVID patients, mostly from the U.S. The study shows that more than 1 in 3 COVID-19 cases experience long-term symptoms, 3 to 6 months after initial diagnosis. Breathing difficulties and fatigue were near the top of the list of complaints. These are conditions likely to keep you from fishing.
Let’s add up what we know:
1 in 3 COVID-19 cases develop long-COVID.
Vaccination reduces the risk of infection by a factor of 5.
Vaccinations are safe and effective.
Given the facts, we’re not sure why anyone would hesitate to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Whether you’re a captain or a deckhand, you’ve worked hard to get this far. Don’t take chances with your fishing career! Use our Vaccine Finder, get vaccinated at a location convenient to you, and Catch Fish. Not COVID.