Long Covid: the aftermath of Covid

World Health Organization already considers long covid as a disease. Learn what this means and which are its main characteristics. Click To Tweet

World Health Organization already observes long Covid as a disease on its own, one which is characterised by the prolonged sequels felt in the long run, as a result of an infection from the new coronavirus.

Many are the symptoms that can be associated with long Covid and, also the diverse ways of treatment or relief of these manifestations. Learn how to identify long Covid and what is its treatment.

What is long Covid?

As observed by the World Health Organization, Long Covid affects between 10 to 20% of people who have had Covid, and this condition can be manifested up to three months after the acute stage of the infection and be extended for months. Click To Tweet

Even though it’s yet unknown, the reason for some people coming down with long Covid and the fact that some won’t, there seems to be a larger prevalence of this condition in individuals who have been hospitalised as a result of Covid infection.

Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infers that people who have been vaccinated but still experience a breakthrough infection, are less likely to report long Covid issues, contrarily to the ones who haven’t been vaccinated.

Usually, this issue is diagnosed when there are compatible symptoms with long Covid and where there’s no other condition that will justify the occurrence of this symptomatology.

Regardless of the manifested symptoms from the patient, it’s certain that long Covid interferes negatively with the quality of life and the working ability of the patients.

Long Covid: the aftermath of Covid

Symptoms

Symptoms caused by long Covid can be extended over two months and affect several systems in our bodies, like the cardiorespiratory, neuropsychiatric, and musculoskeletal systems, among others.

Long Covid symptoms can start by being physical, but having as a consequence, mental health issues, namely anxiety, depression, and stress. Among the most common symptomatology, there are:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in smell and taste
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive dysfunction

Even though the issues resulting from long Covid can be more unusual in children and adolescents than in adults, the lingering symptoms and effects of COVID-19 still occur in children and adolescents.

Long Covid: the aftermath of Covid

Treatment

Experiencing the long Covid aftermath may be difficult, particularly since there are still no answers or solutions. On the other hand, there are options for people who struggle with long Covid. They can seek medical advice, which can help them navigate and manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

In order to have an effective recovery from long Covid, the diagnosis of this condition must be early, so that you can start treatment or rehabilitation more rapidly and avoid complications that may compromise your well-being and life.

The treatment for long Covid could be dealt with by a customised rehabilitation programme, if needed, considering all of the characteristics and needs of the patient.

Ultimately, and according to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the purpose of this rehabilitation is to prepare patients to return to their everyday routines in an adequate rhythm appropriate to their current abilities. This should be proportionate to their energy levels and mostly, should not worsen the symptoms that have been presented.

Additionally, there are several support groups and resources taking place, which have been designed to help both patients and caregivers.

Conclusion

If you’re suspicious that you may be coming down with a long Covid condition, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible. The reason is that an early diagnosis can make all the difference in your recovery prognosis.

Lastly, if you’ve already suffered from Covid for some months, but there are lingering symptoms, or that seem to have returned, then it’s absolutely vital to speak to a health provider and screen for this illness.

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