Over the past few years, the world has battled with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dramatically changed the lives of many. One aspect of the virus that has emerged and become a topic of concern and research is ‘Long COVID’ or ‘Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection’ (PASC). This article aims to provide a basic overview of Long COVID.
Long COVID refers to a range of symptoms that continue for weeks or months after the acute phase of a COVID-19 infection has resolved. Some people might not have had symptoms during their initial infection but can still experience symptoms afterward.
Patients with Long COVID can experience a wide range of symptoms, but some of the most commonly reported include:
Anyone who has had COVID-19 can develop Long COVID, irrespective of the severity of their initial infection. It’s not limited to those who had severe symptoms or were hospitalized. People of all ages, including children, can experience these prolonged symptoms, although they seem to be more common in adults.
The exact cause of Long COVID is not fully understood. Several theories have been proposed, including:
Diagnosis is mainly based on patient history, as there isn’t a specific test for Long COVID. It’s important to rule out other potential causes for the symptoms. Treatment is largely supportive, addressing the specific symptoms patients are experiencing. Rehabilitation programs, physical therapy, counseling, and certain medications can be beneficial.
Long COVID serves as a reminder that the impacts of COVID-19 can extend far beyond the initial infection. As research continues, we can hope for a clearer understanding and better treatments for those affected by this condition. If you believe you might be experiencing Long COVID, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional for guidance and support.
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