The cases of coronavirus are on the rise and recently a new strain of this virus has been identified in the United Kingdom. It seems that COVID-19 is going to be a long battle and we all need to prepare ourselves for the worst. The recovery rate of COVID-19 infected patients has seen a remarkable rise and this surely brings a ray of hope but in between that, we must also consider the long symptoms of COVID-19. Even after recovering, patients are experiencing after-effects of coronavirus. The symptoms linger around for months. It is important that we know about them beforehand and prepares in advance.
What are the long symptoms of COVID-19?
Do you know about Post-COVID syndrome? This is the term given to the condition where a recovered person may suffer from complications related to coronavirus. This state of experiencing symptoms of coronavirus even after recovering could be with anyone. That being said, some people exhibit mild symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cold, respiratory issues, etc. for weeks post-recovery. Some people may not experience any symptoms at all. This varies from person to person.
Upon studying COVID-19, we can say that the road to recovery is very long. Even after testing negative, you may be troubled by lingering symptoms for weeks or maybe months. This has become a grave issue lately as it affects the quality of life. We looked at the data provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) only to find that 1 in 10 people experience symptoms for more than 3 months. This needs to be taken into consideration as a recovered patient may get coronavirus again! Even after testing negative, COVID-19 virus contraction is very much possible. Thus, we must take the possible symptoms into account.
28 Symptoms of Long COVID-19
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently published its coronavirus guidelines. They mentioned the list of symptoms of long COVID symptoms.
Initially, this virus emerged as an autoimmune infection that targets the respiratory system. One of the prominent signs of coronavirus in suspected patients were breathing issues and a dry cough that inhibit respiration. Slowly, other symptoms were identified. Therefore, respiratory problems are long associated with COVID-19. The respiratory symptoms of long COVID are:
- Dry cough
Coming to the next set of symptoms, we have cardiovascular symptoms that are linked to cardiovascular health. In general, these are experienced by people with severe COVID-19 infection. Not only these signal towards this viral infection but it also establishes a link between COVID-19 and cardiovascular health. This virus affects the whole system including the cardiovascular system showing the below-mentioned symptoms:
- Chest pain
- Tightness in the chest
Even the nervous system gets affected by coronavirus so much that the person may experience several symptoms for months after recovery. These aren’t classified as sureshot symptoms of coronavirus but these are long symptoms that a recovered person may have to deal with for a long time. Nervous symptoms are basically those that affect the central nervous system that consists of the brain & spinal cord and peripheral nervous system which has sensory organs. The battle with coronavirus also affects these organs and one may exhibit the following symptoms in the long run:
- Sleep deprivation
- Brain fog
The musculoskeletal system consists of the skeleton, muscles, joints, connective tissues, cartilage, tendons, etc. that bind all the organs together and provide form & support to the body. A person having coronavirus experiences joint pain. Especially those with weaker bones and muscles. To be specific, old-age people are prone to showing musculoskeletal symptoms more than adults and children. These may persist even after recovery. Therefore, musculoskeletal symptoms are the ones that can stay longer and should be counted as symptoms of long COVID.
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
These are two main long covid musculoskeletal symptoms.
Do you know that coronavirus can cause digestive problems? After the outbreak in March, many potential symptoms of coronavirus have been identified to date. Researchers found that the gastrointestinal system is also attacked by this virus. The virus can enter the gastrointestinal tract after passing the pulmonary system and therefore, has the potential to cause digestive troubles. Therefore, these had to be included in this list of long covid symptoms. The common symptoms are:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
Not just the body but coronavirus infection is something that also affects the mind. Not because the virus travels to the brain and hamper the functions but because this condition affects psychological and mental health. It is not easy to tackle this infection let alone cope with it. After getting infected, people start to get thoughts about the chances of survival considering the global death rate. Thus, even after recovery, people deal with psychological complications like:
This is one of the first and long-lasting symptoms of coronavirus. Loss of smell and loss of taste were also identified as potential signs that a person experiences if he/she contracts the COVID-19 virus. However, these might also be of the common cold and it is not easy to distinguish between the two. There are some symptoms that may persist or may arise after recovering. The following are the ENT-related symptoms that can be experienced in case of long covid:
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste and smell
Skin symptoms are also associated with coronavirus but these aren’t as common as cold, flu, throat pain, etc. Only a few people suffer from skin rashes upon contracting the COVID-19 virus. But rashes may occur after recovery as the body produces antibodies to fight against the virus. If you experience rashes, don’t worry and just be patient.
The rest of the coronavirus symptoms that we generally deal with may linger for months after recovering. Pain, fever, fatigue are the signs that are experienced in the beginning after infection and persist for a very long time post-recovery. These are due to the body’s immune response as it tries to strengthen itself to fight the infection.
That’s all for symptoms of long covid. Instead of listing down 28 symptoms separately, we divided them into categories for easy understanding. Coronavirus is not a common infection that comes and goes. This is that monstrous infection that comes with no intention of leaving. It leaves behind signs and symptoms to trouble the body for a long time. People who have dealt with COVID-19 can be the best narrators to what the experience is actually like. To know more about this virus, talk to someone who has experienced it from close.
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