Getting COVID is bad as it is but it’s even more worrisome when the symptoms don’t end after a couple of weeks or sometimes ever! Long COVID has been a true concern, especially with the emergence of the Delta variant.
Dr. Natalia Covarrubias-Eckardt stated in a Providence presentation that “There is a variety of presentations people can have. And this is ranging from those hospitalized to those who were not hospitalized at all. We have no clue, so everyone is different and everyone’s presentation is different, which is why this is a very interesting syndrome. Some people have that for just a couple of days. Some do not get it at all, whereas others are still fighting it even if they were first diagnosed when COVID first hit us.”
She went on to mention that it’s still not clear why this happens.
“There are theories that it is an immune response and an inflammatory response, and some people just have higher inflammatory responses to the virus than others, but we still do not know a hundred percent.”
While there is quite a lot that we still do not know about this, one thing that is much clearer is the symptoms you might experience!
To ensure your health and health of those surrounding you, check out some of the most common signs that suggest you have already had undiagnosed COVID-19!
- You Feel Exceptionally Tired A Lot
It seems like one of the most prevalent symptoms is crushing fatigue that really affects your day to day life.
It could also manifest as “decreased endurance and not being able to do their activities as they were before,” as per Dr. Covarrubias-Eckardt.
Sure enough, Dr. Anthony Fauci has also said that Long COVID looks a lot like CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) or myalgic encephalomyelitis.
- You’re Constantly Dealing With Migraines
Headache specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Emad Estemalik, shared via WYTV that “When it comes to headaches, there’s also been some recent data — that was an interesting study that looked at long term neurologic complications following COVID-19 infections — and headache tends to be one of the most common long term complications that we see after COVID.”
- You’re Experiencing “Brain Fog”
One of the most common signs of having contracted Long COVID is the so-called “Brain Fog,” which is an umbrella term that includes “short-term memory loss, confusion, a difficulty concentrating, or just feeling different than you did before you had the infection,” as per says of Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Halena Gazelka.
Dr. Gazelka goes on to say that “As we have learned from a year of dealing with COVID, the signs and symptoms of the viral infection can vary from individual to individual. And that is true of the long term effects as well.”
Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Billie Schultz also warns that “anybody can develop it. So they have looked at who is more likely to have symptoms that linger, and maybe there is a trend toward if you are older or have other medical conditions, but honestly, anyone can, it does not necessarily depend on the severity of the infection. It does not necessarily depend on the patient’s age. It does not necessarily depend on their educational level. It can be anybody that we see.”
- You Might Have Lung Conditions
Covarrubias-Eckardt says that one of the most affected groups of people by Long COVID seems to be those who have respiratory issues “so people are having lung disease that requires ongoing management with pulmonology.”
“We’re seeing people who have myopathies or neuropathy. So those are damaged to muscle and nerves, and those ones are taking a lot longer to recover and still ongoing management is necessary. It’s still fairly early on in the course, so we don’t know how they’re going to years out. But we are noticing that people are reaching a point where they may be stuck with these conditions lifelong.”
- You Might Be Experiencing Hearing Loss
According to a study in Nature, COVID can also enter your body through an ear and on its way, damage it, causing dizziness or even tinnitus.
The research explains that viral infections are actually one of the more common reasons why people experience hearing loss and vestibular dysfunction.
As a result, more and more sensory symptoms have been liked to COVID-19 infection.
Some of them are: new hearing loss, dizziness and/or tinnitus.
The study basically proves that inner ear cells present the molecular machinery that allows the virus to enter and that inner ear infection might underline some COVID associated problems with balance and hearing.
- You Have a Number of Other Symptoms
Long Haulers, which is how those infected with Long COVID are sometimes referred to, have reported a lot of other symptoms they should normally not experience if healthy.
Some of them end up experiencing more extreme symptoms such as fainting or even delirium!
In that case, Dr. Lindsay Fossatti mentions that “I think you just need to trust your gut if you don’t feel right. You may, you may have some issues and ask your doctor for help and get referred.”