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COVID’s After Effects

Beating COVID-19 may not be simple. Symptoms may persist well after recovering from the virus.

Nearly a year into the pandemic, there’s still much to be learned about COVID-19. So far, the majority of people infected with COVID-19 experience mild to moderate symptoms, while 10 to 15 percent of cases become severe, and 5 percent become critical. While it typically takes two to six weeks to fully recover from the virus, some people deal with symptoms and complications long after recovering, regardless of the initial severity of their symptoms.
As if you need another reason to fear the virus, now you have to worry about lingering effects. This has become so common that it is now referred to as “long COVID.” Individuals who experience it are known as “long-haulers.”
If you’re curious about long COVID and what you can do about it, keep reading.
What Is It?
COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms. The most common include fever, chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, sore throat, congestion, headache, body aches, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, and nausea. In most cases, those who wind up with COVID experience a full recovery with no long-term complications. Others, however, go on to deal with symptoms for weeks or months. Some sufferers have yet to return to their former state of health.
When someone suffers long COVID, the most common ongoing symptoms include fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, headache, and joint pain. Additional symptoms range from chest pain and heart palpitations to mood changes and confusion to the sudden onset of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Who Gets It?
People with high blood pressure, the elderly, those with previous mental health conditions, and those who are obese are more likely to deal with persistent symptoms following COVID recovery. But ongoing symptoms are seen everywhere. Whether you experienced mild or severe cases, are young or old, have a host of underlying medical conditions or none at all, long COVID may affect you.
Why Does It Affect People?
While COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, it can affect numerous organs and body systems. The virus is known to damage the heart and cause heart failure, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and other complications. It damages lung tissue, leading to breathing problems. COVID harms the brain and nervous system. It’s been proven to trigger a stroke, heart attack, seizures, temporary paralysis, or pulmonary embolism. The virus causes joint and muscle pain and weakens blood vessels, causing harm to the liver and kidneys.
This type of damage isn’t easy to recover from. When you do recover, it may not be a full recovery. There may be long-term health problems left in its wake.
Long-term effects are also more likely when mechanical ventilation is required. Being on a ventilator can cause infection; injury to the vocal cords; lacerations to the tongue, lips, or throat; heart rhythm problems; inadequate oxygen supply; low blood pressure; or a collapsed lung. Any one of these problems results in enduring problems.
Additionally, the pandemic itself contributes to ongoing complications. Loneliness, loss of employment or income, and grief exacerbate any physical health problems brought on by the virus. Anxiety, stress, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and sleep troubles are at all-time highs.
Since so much is still unknown surrounding COVID-19 and its short and long-term effects, researchers are carefully monitoring and tracking the recovery of COVID-19 patients.

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