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Long Covid Could Actually Be FOUR Different Syndromes

Monday 2 November 2020


From the Daily Mail Australia:


Long Covid could actually be four different syndromes
but scientists admit 'we still don't know' who is most
at risk or how to treat it. Some people suffer
shortness of breath (pictured).

Long Covid could actually be FOUR different syndromes as top scientists admit they are still baffled by the lasting effects of the disease

  • The National Institute for Health Research reviewed current evidence
  • They suggested the long list of symptoms of Long Covid can be split into four
  • But they are reluctant go give a definition in case it excluded others suffering
  • The team said they do not know what the risk factors for Long Covid are
  • It's not clear how many have it, either. But it will be a 'significant burden' for NHS

By Vanessa Chalmers, Health Report for MailOnline
15 October 2020
© 2020 Associated Newspapers Ltd.

'Long Covid' could actually be split into four different syndromes, scientists today claimed.

Thousands of survivors have reported being plagued by symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle pain and heart arrhythmias months after beating the disease.

But scientists are still baffled by the lasting effects of coronavirus, likened to this generation's polio.

Academics at the National Institute for Health Research — headed up by Professor Chris Whitty — were asked to review the limited evidence on long Covid to help both patients and doctors understand the 'phenomenon'.

Their findings, released today, warned that even children can suffer and it can't be assumed that people who are at lower risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19 are also at low risk of lasting side effects.

Doctors cautioned some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in 'long-haulers', as they are known, could be down to lockdowns, as opposed to the virus itself.

The experts also claimed that the symptoms could be grouped into four different groups:

  • Post intensive care syndrome (PICS)
  • Post viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS)
  • Permanent organ damage (POD)
  • Long term Covid syndrome (LTCS)


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