Many coronavirus survivors are learning a difficult lesson. The virus might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods yet. “Long-COVID” could haunt you for months to come.
If you had COVID-19 or suspected you had it at some point this year and fought it off, you might be breathing a much-deserved sigh of relief right now. But don’t rest too easy yet.
New research reveals what a growing group of folks who’ve done battle with this ugly bug has been reporting for months. Many people who’ve had COVID-19 and “recovered” suffer from devastating long-term health effects.
If you’re a senior, you may recall something similar happened to folks who survived the polio epidemic in the 1950s only to be hit with post-polio syndrome.
But in the case of the new coronavirus, it’s not just ONE clean-cut problem survivors are fighting. The new study suggests these clusters of post-COVID symptoms may be FOUR different distinct syndromes.
Coronavirus can lead to lingering organ damage
More than eight million Americans have had a confirmed case of coronavirus. And one CDC estimate over the summer said the actual number… which includes all the undiagnosed cases… could be as much as 10 times higher.
We may never know the true count. But one thing is clear. Millions of us have had this virus, and millions more will get it.
The good news is that MOST people recover with no problems at all.
Some, however, suffer from what’s being called “long COVID” problems. And a sobering new report from Britain’s National Institute for Health Research finds these post-COVID syndromes mean victims could have lingering damage to the:
- respiratory system
- cardiovascular system
“Long-COVID” is NOT the same in everyone. In fact, the agency confirms there are four distinct and different patterns. Victims can suffer from more than one, or even all four, simultaneously.
4 “long-COVID” syndromes survivors need to know
The researchers broke “long COVID” down into four different syndromes…
LONG COVID Syndrome #1:
This one is similar to the classic post-intensive care syndrome. These types of lingering problems often seen in any patient who has had a critical illness, especially if they’ve been on a ventilator.
They can be physical or mental issues, including cognitive and psychiatric problems. And they can cause muscle weakness for a year or more after “recovery.”
LONG COVID Syndrome #2:
This one is a post-viral fatigue, which can linger after any serious viral infection. It includes fatigue so severe that sleep doesn’t seem to help, and it interferes with daily activities.
It’s not just physical fatigue, either. There’s often mental exhaustion that comes along for this horrific ride.
LONG COVID Syndrome #3:
Organ damage, including permanent damage to any of the organs I listed earlier, as well as problems with the nervous system, can show up with syndrome number three.
Here’s the scariest part. While it’s more common in folks who’ve been hospitalized for the infection, it can also sometimes strike people who’ve had a MILD case of the coronavirus. There have even been reports of some young athletes who’ve suffered heart problems after infection.
LONG COVID Syndrome #4:
syndrome number four contains all the “other” problems that don’t quite match any of the first three categories. These complaints can include organ issues, fatigue, and the difficult to pinpoint “just don’t feel right” stuff that can really mess with your life. And the symptoms often come and go and change over time.
Some people don’t like reaching out to a doctor, preferring to “tough it out.” Others just don’t want to be seen as a “complainer,” especially if they’ve technically recovered from the virus.
But if you’ve had this infection and don’t feel right even after the virus is gone, DON’T keep it to yourself. The sooner you get care, the better of you will be in the long run.
Talk to your doctor to get the help you need.
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