Health experts report more symptoms of long COVID-19

pharmafile | May 5, 2022 | News story | Business Services  

According to health experts, many COVID-19 patients are still suffering the effects of the condition months after they first started to develop symptoms.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that up to 1.5 million people in the UK could be suffering from the condition.

Long COVID is characterised by the persistence or development of related symptoms, including extreme fatigue, breathlessness, and muscle weakness or soreness. WHO says the condition usually happens three months after a COVID diagnosis, at which point there at least two months of symptoms that cannot be explained by another diagnosis.

COVID-19 can continue to affect sufferers in many different ways after the virus has long-passed with symptoms including headaches and painful pressure inside the skull. Dizzy spells and ‘brain fog’ are also common.

Brain fog is when a person experiences problems with their memory or concentration, and this is recognised as a symptom of long COVID-19.

Research has shown that people with long COVID-19 noticed their symptoms ease after being vaccinated, and evidence also shows that vaccines not only reduce the risk of severe disease and hospitalisation, but can also lower the odds of long-term COVID symptoms.

Emerging research has also suggested that a small portion of people who now live with long COVID-19 may have shown no symptoms at all when they were initially infected.

Lina Adams

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