The height of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 had a profound impact on our way of life, requiring us to remain positive and optimistic to preserve our mental well-being. Countless individuals faced job losses and financial hardships as numerous businesses shuttered. Although the virus is no longer as widespread today, regrettably, it still persists.
Tragically, many individuals affected by the virus continue to suffer from prolonged symptoms, including respiratory and lung problems. Back pain was not initially recognized as a symptom by many doctors, but recent discoveries have indicated a likely correlation between back pain and the coronavirus.
Among those who experienced back pain after contracting the virus was Ellen DeGeneres, the long-time host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which she decided to conclude in 2022 after nearly nineteen years. “I genuinely felt that the upcoming season was the right time” to bring the show to a close, she explained, adding, “I have always trusted my instincts, and they told me it’s time.”
Ellen contracted the virus despite following proper precautions. In December 2020, she publicly stated that she was “100%” before revealing something medical professionals “don’t tell you.” During an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” alongside Billie Joe Armstrong and musical guests Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley, Ellen discussed her health condition, saying, “I feel fantastic. What they don’t tell you is that you may experience severe back pain. I had no idea it was a symptom until I spoke with other people.”
Surprisingly, back pain was not initially included as an official Covid symptom by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at the start of the pandemic. However, one of the listed symptoms was “muscle or bodily aches.” Other symptoms included fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Nevertheless, an increasing number of individuals reported experiencing severe back and muscle pain. According to the NHS website, “many patients may have experienced some aches and pains before falling ill with Covid. The illness may have exacerbated or intensified these difficulties.”
Fortunately, Ellen was able to recover swiftly.