The effects of COVID-19 are more serious than anticipated. 5 symptoms of long covid

More and more people report symptoms related to post covid. Among them there are many people who have not suffered from any serious diseases before. Find out what the healers complain about and what may be contributing to a long covid.

  1. The number of people with long covid is growing

  2. What are the most common symptoms of post covid?

  3. Treatment of people with post covid – what methods are used?

  4. What can influence the severity of COVID-19?

  5. Does physical activity help you recover faster?

  6. Obesity and the severe course of COVID-19

The long-term effects of COVID-19 are much more serious than we originally assumed – said Dr. Michał Chudzik, cardiologist, creator and coordinator of the STOP-COVID program, who has been studying people from the so-called long covid, or post covid.

According to the latest definition of the World Health Organization (WHO), the so-called long covid is at least one ailment that occurs within 3 months of detection of SARS-CoV-2 virus infection or suspected infection. The condition must last for at least two months and cannot be explained by any other disease. Symptoms may appear during the course of COVID-19 disease and may persist after recovery (e.g., changes in the sense of smell and taste). They may also make themselves known for the first time after recovery.

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The number of people with long covid is growing

As part of the STOP-COVID project, over 2.3 thousand people have been tested. patients with complications after COVID-19. As the expert reveals, the number of patients is not decreasing, with each new wave of the pandemic there are more and more people who need help. Unfortunately, the possibilities are limited due to the scale of the phenomenon and the small number of medical personnel involved in the project – only about 200 people can receive help every month.

– After one year of research, several conclusions can be drawn. First of all, that the long-term effects of COVID-19 are much more serious than we originally assumed. With each successive wave, the percentage of patients with symptoms associated with it increases three months after the infection. In spring 2020 it was 50%, in autumn 60%, and in this year’s spring wave – 70%. What will happen after the current wave, we will see only in the first months of 2022 – said the cardiologist and added that about 40 percent. post covid symptoms persist even one year after contracting COVID-19.

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What are the most common symptoms of post covid?

Ailments complained of by patients suffering from long covid are:

  1. Chronic fatigue.

  2. Neurological disorders related to cognitive processes and memory, such as “brain fog” or even dementia.
  3. Anxiety disorders.

  4. Post-inflammatory changes in the heart (recently, cardiologists have also noticed an increase in the number of patients with permanent damage to this organ).
  5. Smell and taste disorders.

Other symptoms of long covid include shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle weakness, and palpitations.

Treatment of people with post covid – what methods are used?

What is the treatment of people with post covid symptoms? According to Dr. Michał Chudzik, the treatment of convalescents complaining of chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety disorders and “brain fog” gives quite good results.

– We use modern methods, not reimbursed by the National Health Fund, such as supplementation or mitochondrial therapy, strengthening the energy structures in our cells. It consists in the fact that the patient breathes air with alternating low and high oxygen content. The body is then mobilized to the increased production of red blood cells, iron, and all this is associated with greater energy production in the mitochondria. So far, this therapy has been used by athletes after strenuous physical exertion. The method has been described in many disorders – “brain fog”, dementia in the elderly, cardiac rehabilitation, we hope that it will also be effective for convalescents after COVID-19 – explained Dr. Chudzik.

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.

– The dementia processes in the brain will progress, we can only slow them down or do anything to prevent them from starting, but we cannot reverse them. We believe that the brain of young people is more plastic, that the changes occurring in it are not constant as in seniors. However, one can make a general observation that the pandemic and the accompanying limitations that force us to isolate, sit at home, often in front of a computer screen, may accelerate the aging of societies – believes the cardiologist.

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What can influence the severity of COVID-19?

According to Dr. Michał Chudzik, a significant group of respondents (over 30%) did not suffer from any chronic diseases before COVID-19. However, the medical interview conducted shows that almost all of these people had something in common, two factors that could have contributed to the severe course of COVID-19. It is about:

– Twice as many people who went to bed too late had long covid with a hard course. It is worth knowing that the first hours of sleep are the most important – from From 23.00 to 2.00. Then we produce the most melatonin, which is the strongest stimulator of our immune system. If we miss these hours, we will not make up for it with sleep length. If we work in front of a computer screen or watch TV right before going to bed, the brain is so stimulated that after we go to sleep, it continues to work – and melatonin is not secreted either – explains Dr. Chudzik and adds that sleeping indoors is also harmful. where the TV or cell phone is turned on with glowing blue light, because despite our eyes closed, the light reaches the brain, signaling that we are awake. Then also no melatonin will be produced.

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Does physical activity help you recover faster?

According to researchers, it depends what physical activity. It turned out that frequent physical activity of young patients did not affect the course of long covid. However, it was different in the case of people over 65 – for them being active helped in their recovery. Where does this difference come from? The secret is in the types of activity. Resilience is enhanced by regular, moderate activity that is closer to recreation, not strenuous activity such as marathon running.

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Obesity and the severe course of COVID-19

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.

“But when we looked at cases of” brain fog “, people with a low BMI (body mass index) below 18 were the largest group with this disorder. We can’t explain that yet. Perhaps this is an influence of personality, because extremely thin people do not always enjoy good health. Maintaining a good BMI 25-28 may be better than strict diets, the cardiologist believes.
COVID-19 is not ordinary flu

– Of course, it can be said that my research does not cover all COVID-19 patients, because those who feel well do not come to me. However, thanks to them, we can confirm that the long-term effects of infection can be serious and cannot be compared with any other viral disease. It is not an ordinary flu, as some say, and the following years will show it, because people with distant symptoms will still need help – emphasized Dr. Chudzik.shutter

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Source: PAP Agnieszka Grzelak-Michałowska

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