A 67-year-old woman in Michigan returned home this week after recovering from Covid-19 in the hospital for 196 days, one of the longest periods a patient has been hospitalized because of the pandemic.

“It completely changed my life,” Deanna Hair told NBC News. “The entire process, from feeling sick and going to the hospital to recovering and then rehab and being on a ventilator — all of it has just been so draining.”

Deanna and her husband, Ken Hair, of Ann Arbor, first reported symptoms after returning from a trip to California in mid-March. They both tested positive for Covid-19 on March 31, but while her husband experienced mild symptoms, Deanna was feverish, coughing and vomiting.

Three days later, Deanna was admitted to Michigan Medicine,

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