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Long COVID: Just How Common Is It?

Saturday 31 October 2020


From the BBC's Science Focus:



Long COVID: Just how common is it?

Some COVID-19 patients are reporting symptoms long past their two-week quarantine. What do we know about people experiencing chronic fatigue and breathlessness months after their COVID-19 diagnosis?

15th October, 2020
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As many as 1 in every 10 COVID-19 patients could end up with symptoms lasting for longer than three months, with sufferers around the world terming this ‘long COVID’.

Researchers believe that these symptoms are the ‘after-effects’ of the virus, due to damage caused to the organs, immune and nervous systems. People who have been ill enough with COVID-19 to be hospitalised are more likely to need an extended recovery time than those who weren’t as badly affected, but it seems long COVID can strike anyone, of all ages and backgrounds.

We already know that there are viruses that can cause symptoms for weeks, months or years post-infection. Some long-term illness, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome, are thought to be post-viral, so it would make sense that COVID could also cause long-term problems.


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