What Is Post-COVID Syndrome?

What Is Post-COVID Syndrome?

After studying the behavior of the coronavirus for more than a year, doctors have a much better understanding of the disease and its impacts on humans. One thing is especially clear: the virus doesn’t come and go quickly. In fact, many COVID-19 survivors have faced months (and possibly years) of debilitating complications. 

This phenomenon is known as post-COVID syndrome. If you’re experiencing post COVID-syndrome, you’re not alone. Here’s what you need to know so that you can take action against coronavirus and return to full health once again. 

Signs and Symptoms of Post-COVID Syndrome

The symptoms of post-COVID syndrome are similar to the coronavirus infection itself. The difference is that these symptoms last long after coronavirus tests claim you’re no longer sick. 

Reports show that patients who recover from coronavirus still frequently face complications like limited lung capacity, heart problems, and kidney damage. One JAMA Cardiology study found that out of a group of German COVID-19 patients aged 45 to 53, more than 75% suffered from heart inflammation after recovery.

Post-COVID syndrome seems to impact people with mild and aggressive cases of coronavirus alike. The most common COVID symptoms that linger include the following:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Joint pain
  • Brain fog
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Loss of taste and/or smell
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Chest pain
  • Hair loss

Many people with post-COVID syndrome experience these symptoms for at least six months. Doctors are still working to understand why this occurs. Some believe it’s the result of the body’s intense inflammatory response or hidden areas of infection, but more research is needed to fully understand the phenomenon of post-COVID syndrome. 

How To Seek Help for Lingering COVID-19 Symptoms

Contact your primary care doctor so that your post-COVID symptoms can be evaluated and properly treated. There may be medications or other therapies available to alleviate your symptoms until post-COVID syndrome symptoms subside. 

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