If you’ve had COVID previously, that doesn’t mean you’re automatically immune to it. But it could mean you get symptoms that last longer than a year, maybe a lifetime. This problem, called “Long COVIDor PASC (post-acute sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection) – was the focus of a large new study published yesterday in The Lancet. It is a problem that can happen to anyone, young or old. “The need to understand and respond to long-term COVID is increasingly urgent,” said a The Lancet editorial about the study. “Symptoms like,” those found in the study, “can debilitate many millions of people worldwide.” Read on for 9 of the symptoms mentioned in the study – and to ensure your health and that of others, don’t miss these Certain Signs You Have “Long” COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Tall COVID patients sometimes think ‘fatigue’ is too strong a word to describe what they feel; it’s not like you’re tired after a hard day at the office. No, instead it can feel like “your mind and body can no longer function,” in the words of one patient, “and they shut down, like you’ve unplugged it. But you’re awake as it happens.” .” As with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, many “long trekkers” can feel a crushing fatigue after physical exertion—not running a marathon (which they can’t run at all) but after menial tasks (like washing the dishes or breaking down recycling boxes). “Fatigue was the most commonly reported symptom in patients with SARS, which can last for as long as 4 years,” says the… authors of the study.
What would you do if you couldn’t fall asleep for weeks? What if your insomnia and sleep problems stem from an illness you contracted months ago and your lingering symptoms are confusing medical professionals? This is the difficult reality for Lung COVID patients, who experience side effects long after tests have determined that the virus has left their bodies,” reports Sleep cycle. “The coronavirus can have a long-lasting neurological effect on its survivors, sometimes manifesting as insomnia. Five percent of COVID-19 patients in a recent research experience insomnia. For those admitted to the Intensive Therapy Units, this jumps to 7.5 percent; for encephalopathy patients, this jumps to 10 percent. Research specifically for this insomnia is still ongoing.”
Actress Alyssa Milano is just a notable long-distance runner who has lost some hair due to a COVID infection. “I just wanted to show you how much hair is coming out of my head as a result of COVID,” the actress and activist said on Instagram, pleading with her followers to “please take this seriously” and “wear a… mask .”
Odor disorders — such as anosmia, where you completely lose your sense of smell — are a hallmark symptom of COVID infection. What you may not know is that they last more than a year. “Parosmia or odor distortion is currently considered one of the long-term COVID-19 syndrome or chronic COVID-19 syndrome. Carfi et al found that 87.4% of patients in their study who recovered from COVID-19 had at least one persistent symptom with loss of smell among them. However, recent reports have found that a number of patients with loss of smell or anosmia regained their scent, but this time the scent was surprisingly distorted. The magical aroma of coffee had turned into a nightmare when coffee began to smell sharply like gasoline and favorite dishes began to smell more like spoiled food or garbage, inadvertently affecting the taste as food becomes almost unpalatable,” says a study in BMJ Journal.
“For people who have had COVID-19, ongoing COVID-19 heart problems can complicate their recovery. Some of the symptoms common with coronavirus “long-haul flights,” such as palpitations, dizziness, chest pain, and shortness of breath, can be too due to heart problems – or simply from being sick with COVID-19,” reports Johns Hopkins.
Pain — in your joints, head, neck, chest, wherever — can haunt you for centuries after a COVID infection. “Some people experience a range of new or ongoing symptoms that can last for weeks or months after they are first infected with the virus that causes COVID-19,” the report said. CDC. “Unlike some of the other types of post-COVID disease that only occur in people who have had severe illness, these symptoms can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild or they don’t have any first symptoms. .”
“Lack of appetite in addition to fever is usually a sign of a mild case of COVID-19. While people with more severe cases will have loss of appetite in addition to confusion, or clustered with shortness of breath, diarrhea and abdominal pain,” reports the ZOE Symptom Examination. This loss may continue with Long COVID. “Covid-19 affects all organs of the body through the primary respiratory system. Gastrointestinal symptoms are present in almost 60% of patients. In the second wave, we saw that most Covid patients had symptoms of stomach flu-like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea,” Dr. Kunal Das, HOD and Consultant – Gastroenterology, HCMCT in Manipal, News 18.
Given everything you’ve just read, it’s no surprise that long haulers have mobility issues. They are in pain. They are tired. Exercise can trigger crushing migraines. So even a simple walk can bring problems and setbacks. “I can see the world just fine,” says a long hauler. “But I can’t move in it. I’m in a virtual prison.”
Concern about new and scary symptoms is understandable. So does depression about missing your “past life” — especially now that America is trying to go “back to normal.” There may also be a neurological reason for such feelings. “The concept of the so-called long COVID has gained prominence in recent months, with some patients reporting persistent neurological manifestations, from milder symptoms such as headache, hyposmia, hypogeusia and fatigue to more severe conditions such as sleep disturbances, pain, cognitive impairment and (in very rare cases) Guillain-Barré syndrome,” says one report in The Lancet.
If you notice any strange symptoms that could be COVID, contact a medical professional and get a COVID test done; if you have symptoms like you just read, or symptoms you’ve never had before that won’t go away, discuss your case with a medical professional. While there is no cure for Lung COVID, doctors are becoming more and more accustomed to treating the symptoms, with varying degrees of success. (No silver bullets yet.) And to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 places you are most likely to get COVID.