Long COVID SA
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Long COVID, also known as post-COVID-19 syndrome, Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC), and long haul COVID, is a condition where the symptoms continue for several months after infection. Patients may also experience new symptoms that they did not have during their initial infection.
Symptoms of Long Covid
Symptoms can last from three to nine months, or longer in some cases. There are many symptoms of which shortness of breath, fatigue and cognitive dysfunction seem to be the most common. The condition is also found in young and fit individuals and those who had little or no symptoms initially.
Common symptoms and signs include:
- Chronic/persistent fatigue
- Brain fog (difficulty in thinking clearly and/or lack of focus)
- Loss of of smell
- Difficulty exercising and/or excessive tiredness after activities
- Muscle pain
- Depression and anxiety
- Dizziness/low blood pressure
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Hair loss
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Who is at risk?
This disease does not appear to be limited to specific groups, however old
people, women and people with serious medical conditions may be at
higher risk. The condition is also more prominent in people who had 5 or
more symptoms in the first week of infection. Notably, individuals who had
COVID asymptomatically may also get long COVID.
It is important to take steps to look after yourself. This includes making
sure you have a healthy diet, get enough rest, and get some gentle
exercise. You can also see our products and services page for supplements, tests and support.
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