Dr. Fauci Says These are Signs You Have "Long COVID"
Despite the fact that the infection rate continues to drop, for many, the COVID-19 crisis is far from over. Post-COVID-19 syndrome, AKA "PCS," "COVID-19 long-haul syndrome" and "Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS COV-2," is the prolonged version of the virus that millions of people around the world are coping with long after their initial infection. And, despite the efforts of health experts and researchers, there is still a lot to be learned about the long-term health impact of long COVID. During the United States Senate Committee Hearing entitled An Update from Federal Officials on Efforts to Combat COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases discussed the condition, revealing the most common signs of it and what is being done to understand it. Read on for a list of the most common symptoms to watch for—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss this special report: I'm a Doctor and Warn You Never Take This Supplement.
The Symptoms Are "Common"
Dr. Fauci revealed that the government is "going to be putting together a number of cohort studies to determine the extent, the duration, any possible underlying pathogenesis and any intervention," that can help with long COVID. He also explained that "the symptoms are somewhat common, there's a commonality among them." Keep reading to see which are the most frequent.
The first symptom mentioned by Dr. Fauci? Fatigue, which he describes as "extreme, sometimes debilitating."
Muscle aches are one of the defining symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, and continue to plague some long COVID sufferers for months on end.
Many people with long COVID experience fluctuation in body temperature. "You feel hot or cold," Dr. Fauci said, explaining the phenomenon of temperature dysregulation.
Dr. Fauci explained that dysautonomia, a disorder of autonomic nervous system (ANS) function, is "related" to temperature dysregulation. It can also impact the functioning of the heart, bladder, intestines, sweat glands, pupils, and blood vessels.
Tachycardia is "unexplained, rapid heartbeat," and is a common complaint of long haulers, per Dr. Fauci.
Dr. Fauci describes brain fog as "the inability to focus or concentrate over an extended period of time." The term has become almost synonymous with long haulers, and it is one of the most common symptoms experienced by them.
Neurological symptoms are also experienced by those with long haulers. According to a recent study published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the most common ones are "brain fog" (81%), headache (68%), numbness/tingling (60%), dysgeusia (59%), anosmia (55%) and myalgias (55%).
Symptoms Can Last "A Long Time"
Dr. Fauci emphasized that long COVID is by no means an invisible illness. "These are real symptoms and they can last for a long time," he stated. "We have people that we follow up to nine months or longer," he revealed. "It's a very important problem. We take it very seriously."
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