Some report sense of smell returns, COVID-19 symptoms subside, after vaccine — 5/3/21

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Today we highlight a story by WPR’s Rob Mentzer, who interviewed so-called long haulers who continue to experience symptoms of COVID-19 long after they were infected. Mentzer found many of them report fewer and less severe symptoms after receiving a vaccination. But, cautions Mentzer: “Researchers say it’s too soon to draw any firm conclusions, and early surveys suggest only some people with post-acute COVID-19 syndrome see improvement after vaccination.”

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“My smell has been 100 percent better. I can smell it when my husband puts his cologne on.”

Jalaine Britton of Wisconsin Rapids, who told WPR that her long-haul symptoms of COVID-19 have improved since she got vaccinated.

Data to note

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Here’s a look at the Department of Health Services’ vaccine dashboard, which showed Monday that 43.4% of Wisconsinites have received at least once vaccine dose, including 81% of those ages 65 and older. Meanwhile, 34.5% of Wisconsinites are fully vaccinated, including 75.4% of those older than 65. Racial disparities persist in distributing vaccines. The shares of Black, Hispanic and Native American residents to receive a dose remain below that of white residents. 

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks indoors and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed — particularly as more contagious virus variants spread. On Monday, the state DHS reported a seven-day average of 646 new daily cases. The state also reported no new COVID-19 deaths since Saturday, leaving the full toll at 6,839. 

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