It is safe to say that, at the moment, the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing down since cases have been dropping in numbers all over the world!
More precisely, it appears that more and more COVID-19 survivors from across the globe are dealing with long-term side effects of their infection with the virus.
Registered nurse with The Mesothelioma Center, Sean Marchese, shared with Eat This, Not That: “Many people with mild symptoms recover from COVID-19 fully after only a few weeks, especially those who are already vaccinated. However, Long COVID might cause some effects to persist for 4 weeks or more. Long COVID most often manifests in older people or in those with serious medical conditions but can also occur in young, otherwise healthy individuals as well.”
Marchese went on to share that there are some clear symptoms that can let you know you might have long COVID, and they usually start as soon as you have recovered from the initial infection with the virus or a few days after.
“You will likely know once you begin to feel better that you’re recovering from COVID. However, some of the symptoms—such as cough, loss of smell or taste, headache, nausea, dizziness, and muscle pain—can linger for weeks or even for months after the major symptoms subside. The severity of symptoms will differ for each person, so it is important to seek medical attention if any of the symptoms persist or worsen more than a few days after they begin.”
With that being said, a study published in the medical journal Cell not too long ago reported that there are four main factors that might be telling signs of long COVID:
– Whether or not the patient has type 2 diabetes,
– The presence of autoantibodies that usually fight the virus,
– The viral load present in the blood,
– The reactivation of the Epstein-Barr virus.