As infection cases continue to soar worldwide, the evidence is becoming clear that COVID is simply not just a cold or flu-like infection. It poses risk for people across all age groups, in different degrees and affects some more gravely than the others.On its impact on one's quality of life, we do know that the deadly respiratory virus can have longer-lasting side-effects. For many, viral load may have depleted but some typical symptoms, such as cough, itching throat and fatigue may continue to persist for weeks after combatting the illness.
Recovered patients are returning to hospitals, complaining of heart issues, mental distress and much more.
Hence, it is even more crucial that we do not simply wait for a vaccine to get over the COVID tide but take stringent measures to keep ourselves away from danger.
A new study done in the UK has found more evidence pertaining to the same. 1 in 10 people may be bound to suffer from symptoms of the viral infection or damage, even after successfully recovering from it. Termed 'long COVID', a study conducted by the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust examined the lives of some recovered COVID patients to identify a pattern of long-lasting symptoms and consequences of the disease, which are more likely to be experienced by people hospitalized due to the infection.
What are the symptoms of 'Long COVID'?The study involved a total of 100 patients, who were split into two focus groups- 32 people who were termed to be critically ill and were hospitalized in intensive care units, while 68 were categorized as suffering from mild or moderate forms of infection, who did not need intensive ICU care. The findings of the study have been published in the Journal of Medical Virology.
Upon analysis, it was reported that most patients admitted to suffering from one side-effect or persisting symptom ever after getting okay. There were an array of symptoms recorded, ranging from moderate to severe. It could be classified as follows:
It can be tough to get back on your feet post-recovery. With COVID, long-lasting fatigue, weakness (which could persist for weeks and months) has been a much-feared consequence. Not only has COVID-fatigue been much widely discussed by experts, but nearly 60% of the patients involved in the study also admitted to suffering from fatigue, lethargy, tiredness in the weeks following recovery. Of these, 1/3rd, who suffered from a critical form of COVID termed their fatigue to be moderate or severe.
Apart from this, unbalanced energy levels could also expose patients to experience related symptoms like muscle aches, pins and needles pain, palpitations
Improper immune response and inflammatory attack (dubbed the infamous cytokine storm in COVID terminology) has been considered to be one of the causes of energy loss and imbalance. Post-recovery fatigue has also been recorded in the past outbreaks of infections like the SARS and Epstein-Barr virus.