Long COVID: Steps being taken to cure 'long COVID'?

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21st March, 2021 01:25:58 printer

Long COVID: Steps being taken to cure 'long COVID'?


With a surge in the number of long COVID cases and the implication of the ever-expanding list of lingering symptoms, major health authorities have begun to raise a lot of concerns regarding the same.

From prolonged fatigue to continuous mental confusion, people continue to suffer these ailments even after weeks and months of recovery.

Major programs to find effective therapies and long COVID treatments

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an investment of 1.15 billion dollars has been made by the NIH in collaboration with the CDC to study the various aspects of long COVID ranging from the incidents, the prevalence to how long these symptoms last.

WHO has urged health authorities to study long COVID complications

"The burden is real and it is significant. About one in 10 Covid-19 sufferers remain unwell after 12 weeks, and many for much longer," said Hans Kluge, Regional Director for WHO Europe.

What are the most common long COVID symptoms to look out for?

Long COVID is the state of experiencing COVID complications for a long period of time. During this period, one can go from experiencing similar and most common symptoms of the novel coronavirus to facing no issues at all. That said, here are some of the most common symptoms you can experience even after having recovered from the illness.

- Difficulty breathing

- Joint pain

- Chest pain

- Loss of taste and/or smell

- Fatigue

How to protect yourself from long COVID complications?

Given that you have recovered and are still struggling with the lingering symptoms of COVID, you must seek medical help. Consult your doctor and do not overlook the signs.

Apart from that, while long haulers often complain of fatigue, malaise and brain fog, it is crucial, you stay hydrated at all times. Do not overexert yourself with strenuous activities and indulge in self-calming activities.

(Times of India)