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How bad is long COVID?

Although COVID-19 brought on by the coronavirus infection does pass speedily for many, many people suffer from long-term problems. When the consequences are constant for more than several weeks to a few months following the initial infection, this can be given the name of ‘long covid’. This is a fairly recent entity and more has been rapidly discovered and research in regards to the concern as the COVID-19 epidemic persists. It has been thought that around one in seven individuals who have initial symptoms from Covid-19 are still unwell for at least four weeks with around 1 in 50 still experiencing difficulty following 3 months.

During that early or acute period with the infection, the more critical kinds of COVID-19 leads to things like pneumonia as well as respiratory system failure, which can result in lasting harm as well as scarring damage on the lungs. Most importantly this could raise the danger for blood clotting which can after that lead to issues like deep vein thrombosis, cardiac arrest and stroke. In many it may cause heart muscle irritation and heart rhythm trouble, such as atrial fibrillation. A lot of these kinds of complications are not specific to COVID-19 and might take place in many other forms of viral infections like the flu virus.

Following that initial phase, when long covid can start to become a problem, the symptoms include greater tiredness and shortness of breath, warning signs of anxiety and depression, complications with being able to smell and taste adequately, chest pains with heart palpitations, greater joint or muscle discomfort, being unable to think clearly or concentrate (often called ‘brain fog’), additionally, there are skin disorders such as chilblains (or ‘covid toes’), and difficulties with the intestine and bowels. Even though women aged 50-60 initially seem to be at the most risk from long covid, heart problems are becoming more and more described in fit athletes long after their original COVID-19 infection. The existence of these longer term signs and symptoms in fit and healthy athletes is a reason to be concerned. For the medical profession, there isn't yet an obvious concise explaination exactly what long covid is and if every one of these symptoms could be attributed to it or not. Not all of individuals with it get all of the signs and symptoms and there have been some advice which what exactly is considered now as long covid can in reality be many different forms of syndromes, therefore far more work is needed to understand it. Deficiencies in a fairly easy diagnostic standards is impacting on the getting of assistance and suitable treatment for those that will be affected.

The recovery as a result of long covid can be unpredictable as a lot remains unknown regarding it. In other viral infections the long run difficulties generally commence to disappear after three or so months, with the fatigue and weakness persisting for much longer, even up to 6 or more months. It is important to realize that it effects everyone differently. There isn't any ideal treatment for long covid apart from symptomatically coping with the manifestations and getting a good diet and getting as much exercise as the symptoms permit.