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Rocky Mountain Lab’s Director Marshall Bloom shares COVID-19 experience

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Those who say this is a trivial infection — no worse than the common cold or influenza — that’s just a bunch of baloney.”

“This is very serious and its impacts linger for a long time,” he said. “I’m still feeling weak and run-down. I’m a month out and by 7 p.m. every night I’ve run out of gas…It’s an experience that I wouldn’t want to go through again.”

 

Marshall Bloom was still basking in the glow of being inducted into Montana Bioscience Alliance Hall of Fame when the coronavirus decided to give him a different kind of award.

It was one the longtime associate director for science management at Hamilton Rocky Mountain Laboratories would just as soon gone without.

Bloom was one of the leaders at the federal laboratory who focused research efforts on COVID-19 shortly after it became clear last year the disease was going to have a deadly impact in the U.S. and around the world.

He and other RML researchers took all the precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

Just before Christmas, Bloom developed a little cough that wouldn’t go away. As part of the federal laboratory protocol, he filled out the survey required of everyone who developed any COVID-19-like symptoms.

Bloom’s tests for the illness came back positive.

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