We’ve become accustomed to headlines about: COVID-19 the daily news dominates. Vaccines have been shown to be highly effective at reducing the virus’ ability to be hospitalized or killed. But that doesn’t mean the pandemic is no longer serious. Experts are still learning about Covid symptoms, especially those that can lead to long-term effects. These are Delta symptoms that some officials have called downright troubling. Read on to find out more – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss this one Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in late July, researchers presented evidence of a link between COVID-19 and long-term cognitive problems and acceleration of Alzheimer’s. In some older people who have had COVID, doctors have found increased biological markers of brain injury and inflammation, along with lower oxygen levels in the blood. “These new data point to troubling trends showing that COVID-19 infections lead to lasting cognitive impairment and even Alzheimer’s symptoms,” said Heather M. Snyder, Ph.D., vice president of medical and scientific relations for the United States. Alzheimer’s Association. “It is imperative that we continue to study what this virus is doing to our bodies and our brains.”
Some people who get COVID develop symptoms that don’t go away, a situation Fauci has called “extremely troubling.”
“The SARS-CoV-2 virus can attack many different parts of our bodies, and unfortunately some infections lead to long-term illness known as long COVID,” say dr. Gwen Murphy, Ph.D., MPH, director of epidemiology for Let’sGetChecked. “For these people, symptoms can last for weeks or months and can affect most if not all body systems, including heart, lung, kidney, skin and brain functions.”
“Long COVID is another reason for all of us to get vaccinated and to encourage our friends and family to do the same,” she adds.
Good news: A new study published in The Lancet this week reports that people who contract “breakthrough” COVID infections after being fully vaccinated are twice as likely to have no symptoms at all, compared to people who have not been vaccinated.
Coughing and shortness of breath are commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19. But if you have severe breathing problems, that’s a sign you need immediate medical attention, experts say. The CDC recommends that you call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency center and say you need care for someone who may have COVID-19.
Another potential emergency symptom is persistent chest pain or pressure. “Seek immediate help if you have trouble breathing or chest pain,” says Dr. Murphy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should seek immediate medical attention if you or someone you know with COVID experiences new confusion or is unable to wake up or stay awake. Those symptoms may indicate that COVID has caused inflammation in the brain.
Follow the basics and help end this pandemic wherever you live – get vaccinated ASAP; if you live in an area with a low vaccination coverage, wear an N95 face mask, don’t travel, social distancing, avoid crowds, don’t go in with people you don’t hide with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and that of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.