Many Covid patients are still suffering from the effects of the disease months after they first started developing symptoms. Some people experience strange symptoms that persist for weeks after contracting the virus.
Covid can continue to affect sufferers in different ways after the virus has long passed with symptoms such as headaches and painful pressure inside the skull. Dizziness is also common with the infamous “brain fog,” another factor, reports the shimmer.
Brain fog occurs when a person has memory or concentration problems and this is recognized as a symptom of Long Covid. Patient Chiara Rinaldi has described her symptoms as she continues to suffer from virus-related fatigue.
She said: “It was hard to put into words how I felt. I had weakness on one side of my body that went back and forth, dizziness and brain fog that made it hard for me to remember that I had started making a cup of tea.
“I thought maybe it was a deficiency or maybe anemia but the GP found a water infection. The next day I woke up with chest pains and found myself in the hospital for tests, but everything was clear and attributed to costochondritis, when you get sharp pain due to inflammation of the sternum – common after an infection.”
Persistent symptoms of coronavirus, long after the patient has tested negative for the virus, are described as Long Covid. There is currently no globally accepted definition of the disease.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) describes it as occurring three months after a diagnosis of Covid-19. There are then at least two months of symptoms that cannot be explained by another diagnosis.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that up to 1.5 million people in the UK could suffer from it.
Symptoms of Long Covid include:
- Brain fog, difficulty concentrating or memory problems
- Chest pain
- Articular pain
- Muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of smell or taste
- Persistent cough
- A rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty sleeping
- Mental health issues including anxiety and depression
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