Coronavirus. What are the effects of long covid?

  • In about 40 percent. of patients in care, symptoms persist even one year after contracting COVID-19
  • Researchers were surprised that frequent physical activity of young patients did not affect the course of long Covid. However, when they checked people over 65 in this respect, it turned out that being active helped them recover
  • Long covid is manifested by fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive impairment. Patients experience chest pain, changes in taste and smell, muscle weakness and palpitations
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As part of the STOP-COVID project (www.stop-covid.pl), Dr. Chudzik has examined over 2.3 thousand people for over a year. patients with complications after COVID-19. He noted that the number of patients reporting was not decreasing. Every month there are about 200 of them, and if not for the limited capabilities of the team in which, apart from cardiologists, work, among others, lung disease specialists, psychologists, neurologists and dermatologists, there would certainly be more.

In about 40 percent. of patients in care, symptoms persist even one year after contracting COVID-19. Most often, convalescents complain of chronic fatigue. In turn, 16 percent. has neurological disorders related to cognition and memory like “brain fog” or even dementia.

Post-inflammatory changes in the heart are a frequent complication, and recently cardiologists have also noticed an increase in the number of patients with permanent damage to this organ, requiring specialized treatment.

Treatment of convalescents complaining of chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety disorders and “brain fog” gives good results.

Patients with neurological disorders, on the other hand, benefit from training using a PlayStation-like device to force their brains to be active and learn. According to the expert, dementia disorders that appear in very young people, incl. in a 30-year-old patient.

Researchers were surprised that frequent physical activity of young patients did not affect the course of long Covid. However, when they checked people over 65 in this respect, it turned out that being active helped them recover. Where does this difference come from? The secret is in the types of activity. Resilience is strengthened by regular, moderate activities that are closer to recreation, and not excessive exertion, such as running marathons.

Obese people go through COVID-19 harder, which did not surprise Dr. Chudzik’s team, because obesity is a chronic inflammation that the body constantly struggles with and which negatively affects the efficiency of the immune system.

According to the latest WHO definition, the so-called long covid (long covid) means at least one ailment within 3 months of the detection or suspicion of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. It must last for at least two months and cannot be explained by any other disease. Symptoms may appear during the acute form of COVID-19 disease, and then persist, but also make themselves felt for the first time after recovery.

Long covid is manifested by fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive impairment. Patients experience chest pain, changes in taste and smell, muscle weakness and palpitations.

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