Dave Navarro details struggle with 'long haul Covid'

Dave Navarro details five-month struggle with ‘long haul Covid’ after his band Jane’s Addiction was forced to pull out of music festival: ‘The fatigue and isolation is pretty awful’

Rocker Dave Navarro, 54, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that he has been dealing with ‘long haul Covid’ since December.

His band, Jane’s Addiction, was forced to pull out of last week’s Welcome To Rockville festival in Florida due to his illness and Dave says there is no end in sight for his symptoms.

People with long Covid are those who have been positively diagnosed with Covid-19 but experience lingering symptoms weeks and months after the initial illness has cleared up.

Recovering: Rocker Dave Navarro, 54, revealed in a now-deleted Instagram post that he has been dealing with ‘long haul Covid’ since December (Pictured 2021)

‘So yeah, I’m one of the ones who came down with the ‘long haul covid’. Been sick since December and supposedly will be back to my old self in… nobody knows how long,’ Navarro penned.

The rocker, who rarely uses social media, shared his story in an Instagram post over the weekend but later deleted the message. 

‘If there are any of you who are still suffering long after your negative results, I’m just saying you aren’t alone. 

‘If there are any of you who are still suffering long after your negative results, I’m just saying you aren’t alone. The fatigue and isolation is pretty awful but try to spend your time with the ones you love and stay creative,’ he continued (Pictured with Billy Mirrison in 2020)

‘The fatigue and isolation is pretty awful but try to spend your time with the ones you love and stay creative,’ he continued.

What is long Covid?

Most coronavirus patients will recover within a fortnight, suffering a fever, cough and losing their sense of smell or taste for several days.

However, the virus can persist for weeks on end in ‘long haulers’ — the term for patients plagued by lasting complications.

Data from the Covid Symptom Study app, by King’s College London and health company Zoe, suggests one in ten people may still have symptoms after three weeks, and some may suffer for months.

Long term symptoms include:

  • Chronic tiredness
  • Breathlessness
  • Raised heart rate
  • Delusions
  • Strokes
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of taste/smell
  • Kidney disease
  • Mobility issues
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pains
  • Fevers

Navarro added that he’s relying on spiritual practices to help him get through the worst of it and, in particular ‘meditation and yoga have been very helpful.’

Long covid, or post-Covid conditions (PCC), occurs when patients who have since recovered from their initial Covid virus still experience lingering symptoms. There are indications that sufferers of long Covid may be dealing with the symptoms for years.

According to the CDC, symptoms of long Covid typically include: extreme fatigue,  post-exertional malaise, fever, difficulty breathing, cough, chest pain, heart palpitations, brain fog, headache, sleep problems, lightheadedness, pins-and-needles feelings, loss of smell/taste, depression or anxiety, diarrhea, stomach pain, joint or muscle pain, rash and changes in menstrual cycles.

‘I’ll be ok, just don’t know when,’ Navarro said, adding that ‘all indicators are pointing to a full recovery at some point!’

Dave ended his post by asking people not to send their well wishes because he is ‘just so tired of talking about this. 

Navarro is the lead guitarist for the rock group Jane’s Addition, which formed in 1985. The group had been scheduled to play the Welcome To Rockville music festival in Florida last week but had to cancel due to Covid.

The band Porno for Pyros reunited for the first time in 26 years as their replacements. 

Jane’s Addiction has an upcoming tour planned later this year with the Smashing Pumpkins.

So far, that tour is moving forward but it is unclear whether Navarro’s long Covid will impact their schedule. 

Tough times: His band, Jane’s Addiction, was forced to pull out of last week’s Welcome To Rockville festival in Florida due to his illness and Dave says there is no end in sight for his symptoms (Pictured performing in 2001)

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