Ryan McMahon opens up about Covid stress-fueled health scare: testing, worry, uncertainty

Ryan McMahon opens up about Covid stress-fueled health scare: testing, worry, uncertainty

Syracuse, NY – Onondaga County Director Ryan McMahon can’t drive.

He cannot send e-mail. The 40-year-old can’t even shovel his driveway.

McMahon, who has been a constant, calm voice in the pandemic response in central New York for almost a year, began to see double when he woke up on February 6.

One night in the hospital, a battery of tests and several follow-up visits with specialists ruled out the most frightening possibilities, including a stroke or brain tumor.

The main candidate at this stage: pandemic stress.

“I’m coming more to the conclusion that it’s linked to a pandemic,” McMahon said. “When we see what this pandemic has done to the public and the community… the human side of things… it’s hard to disconnect. To turn it off. To be honest with you, I can’t turn it off.

Almost a year after the start of Covid-19, the front row seat of the county executive in the face of loss, fear and frustration of others has caught up with him, he said .

McMahon revealed to Syracuse.com that, even if he jokes, the situation is serious. The nerve in his left eye is damaged and so far medical teams have not been able to determine the cause. There is no treatment plan at this point.

For a moment, he thinks about …

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