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In It for the Long Haul

What we know so far about long COVID.

For most people, COVID-19 comes and goes in a few days or weeks. But some people don’t get off that easy. For these people, symptoms persist for weeks or months, even when the virus is no longer detected in their body. And if the virus damages the heart, lungs, brain, or other organs, problems may last indefinitely. Long-lasting symptoms are more common with severe cases of COVID-19. Those who are more likely to have long COVID usually spend time in the ICU, have underlying medical conditions, or are older. However, young, previously healthy people with mild cases can also deal with long-lasting symptoms.

The name “long-haulers” applies to those who experience continuing symptoms of COVID-19. Termed long COVID-19, post-COVID-19 syndrome, or post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC), there is still much to learn about this condition. Here’s what we know so far.

Lingering Symptoms

Currently, it seems that all COVID symptoms don’t stick around. Symptoms that are most likely to linger include fatigue, joint pain, shortness of breath, cough, and chest pain. However, some go on to deal with other issues. These include insomnia, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches and pain, headaches, a racing heartbeat, memory problems (brain fog), trouble concentrating, hair loss, or a rash.

Organ Damage

One scary thing about COVID is the effect it can have on the lungs, heart, brain, and kidneys. COVID-induced pneumonia can permanently damage the lungs’ tiny air sacs. This causes scar tissue, which can lead to lasting breathing problems.

Even in mild cases, the virus can attack the heart. When this happens, the risk increases for heart failure and other heart problems. Small blood clots caused by the virus may be to blame for these conditions.

Damage to the brain after COVID is seen in even young, healthy people. Since blood clots are more likely after COVID, you’re at an increased risk for stroke. Temporary paralysis and seizures are also possibilities. The virus may even increase the risk of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Other Concerns

The trauma caused by ICU treatment or being hooked up to a ventilator can lead to post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. Like other major infections, COVID may trigger the development of chronic fatigue syndrome. Characterized by extreme fatigue, this syndrome gets worse with exercise or mental activity and doesn’t get better with rest.

Why Long COVID?

So the question is, why do some people completely recover from a COVID-19 infection, while others go on to experience long-term symptoms? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer right now.

There are, however, several hypotheses being studied. Some suspect long-haulers have chronic inflammation in their brain. Others fear the virus causes abnormalities in the autonomic nervous system that causes reduced blood flow to the brain. Or that those who suffer from long COVID have an underlying autoimmune disorder that triggers the immune system to attack the brain.
Whatever the cause, the condition is very real and for some, very frustrating or even dangerous.

What’s the Treatment?

In response to this new condition, long COVID treatment clinics are opening around the world. The purpose of these centers is to assist healthcare providers and limit the number of doctors you must see in order to fully recover from COVID. Think you need such treatment? Ask your primary care doctor for a referral.

At these clinics, treatment depends on your symptoms. You may be referred to an infectious disease specialist, pulmonologist, cardiologist, kidney specialist, neurologist, or therapist. Working with these specialists, you will hopefully move toward good health and put all your COVID symptoms in the past.

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