Millions of Americans have recovered from Covid since last March, as per CDC. But an untold number of patients are still feeling the effects of the Covid weeks or months after 1st becoming ill, which is known as a post-Covid syndrome. Now new research is showing the long-term side effects of the Covid.
In an analysis of 2 million Covid patients, FAIR Health (nonprofit organization) revealed that more than 450,000 people affected by Covid sought treatment for at least one post-Covid condition after their diagnosis a month or more. The most common symptoms across all age groups reported were breathing difficulties, pain, hyperlipidemia, fatigue, malaise, and hypertension. According to the CDC, other common symptoms of long Covid include heart palpitations, headaches, brain fog, lingering loss of smell or taste, and anxiety or depression.
Those who have experienced severe illness long-haul symptoms were most likely to occur, but all types of people were affected. 19% of asymptomatic patients, 27.5% of symptomatic patients, and half of the hospitalized patients reported experiencing long Covid symptoms to their healthcare providers.
Since last spring, experts have been aware of the still-mysterious condition, but there has been no large-scale analysis of just how many people could be affected until this report. After initial diagnosis, symptoms have been reported as long as nine months.
According to Laurie Jacobs, M.D, an internist at the COVID Recovery Center at Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey, “Many of my post-COVID patients say their primary care doctors dismissed and disregarded their symptoms, which compounds their suffering. That doesn’t mean it’s not real.”
As per the FAIR Health report, the majority of post-Covid conditions were most common in women. Like blood clotting, difficulty breathing, and high blood pressure, only a handful was more likely in men. Most long-haul patients are young and middle-aged adults, with relatively few cases among those under 19 and over 59. But anyone can experience these conditions. According to CDC, if anyone has to post Covid symptoms, they should talk to their healthcare provider about treating the symptoms. The best way to prevent these long-term complications is to prevent Covid.