What Is LONG COVID? : Know The Symptoms And Remedies
While one may recover quickly from Coronavirus, the long-term effects of this deadly disease are here to bother us for some more time.
What Is Long Covid?
Long COVID also known as Post Covid – Syndrome is a condition wherein people continue to experience COVID-19 symptoms for longer than usual after initially contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Long COVID is used to describe the signs and symptoms that last for longer than 4 weeks after getting COVID-19.
A preliminary survey by the UK Office of National Statistics estimated that approximately 10% of people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 experienced one or more symptoms for longer than 12 weeks. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), some people may experience long-term effects of COVID-19, whether they required hospitalization or not. These long-term effects may include Respiratory symptoms, Metabolic disorders and neurological symptoms.
NK Arora, who is part of the national task force for COVID-19 in India, told The Hindu, “COVID-19 is a recent disease and at times it displays symptoms which no other viral infection does. While we are developing an understanding of the short and long-term impact on the body, we now know that one may develop new symptoms six months to one year after recovering. The term given to this is long COVID.”
A 2020 Swiss study also notes that as many as 1 in 3 people with mild cases of COVID-19 were still experiencing symptoms after 6 weeks. Using a statistical model, a 2020 study found that long COVID is more likely to occur in older adults, people with a higher body mass index (BMI) and females.
Symptoms of Long Covid
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
- Brain fog, wherein they find it more difficult to think clearly and focus
- Muscle pain
- Fever, which may come and go
- Heart palpitations
Remedies for Managing Long Covid Symptoms
- Resting Well
- Mild Exercise
- Setting achievable targets for each day
- Taking care of general health
- Following a healthy diet
- Getting quality sleep
- Limiting alcohol intake
- Limiting caffeine intake
- Not smoking
However, because the symptoms of long COVID vary from person to person, it’s not a one-model-fits-all approach. These plans could involve making major or long-term lifestyle changes. If a person experiences sudden breathlessness, weakness or severe chest pain, immediate medical attention must be provided.