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A 9-year-old who's been battling coronavirus for 6 months says the illness is a big deal

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Eli Lipman, 9, and his father have been battling the impact of Covid-19 since March, and he said life as a "long hauler" isn't easy. Covid-19 since March, and he said life as a "long hauler" isn't easy.

(CNN)Eli Lipman, 9, and his father have been battling the impact of Covid-19 since March, and he said life as a "long hauler" isn't easy.

It will hurt," Eli told CNN's Chris Cuomo Monday.

Eli and his father, Jonathan Lipman, are among a growing population of people who have been deemed "long haulers" -- people who are diagnosed with coronavirus and experience symptoms for months.

Though research has found children face a small risk of severe illness from coronavirus, Eli said he felt like he "got smashed into a wall. "

"My body is just like 'nope,'" Eli said.

Lipman said doctors initially brushed Eli and his illnesses off many times.

"No one would really believe us that we were still sick, and when you keep being not believed you stop believing yourself," Lipman said.

Dr. William Li is researching long-hauler patients and said that while there is still so much more to learn, the problem likely involves the blood vessels.

"One of the important things is to keep talking to your doctor, and doctors need to keep listening to your patients," Li said.

Li recommended that, in addition to regular conversation with doctors, long haulers need to get as much sleep, movement and leafy greens as possible.

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