The world has been through almost a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the usual symptoms of the disease are well-known for the majority: fever, cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath. But while the virus infected over 59 million people around the globe and killed almost 1.4 million of them, scientists learned a lot more about the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of COVID-19 symptoms just got a significant enlargement. An official statement of the institute says:
CDC is actively working to learn more about the whole range of short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19. As the pandemic unfolds, we are learning that many organs besides the lungs are affected by COVID-19 and there are many ways the infection can affect someone’s health.
The institute announced the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19. Among the most commonly reported “long-hauler” symptoms of the disease, we see the following ones:
This is the most widespread symptom among COVID-19 patients, and it’s usually dry.
Nobody likes the feeling of burning up, and this is a sure way of your body raising the alarm that there’s an infection dwelling somewhere. Many COVID-19 patients are also dealing with a fever.
Do you feel pain in your joints? If yes, that’s a sign you may be suffering from the terrible COVID-19 disease, and getting tested ASAP is a good idea.
If you struggle to perform simple tasks like getting out of bed, there’s a chance you’re infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Shortness of breath
If you don’t know the feeling of not having enough air to breathe, you’re a lucky person. COVID-19 patients often struggle with this symptom, and they sometimes need mechanical ventilation for it.
JAMA Network writes:
A recent survey by the grassroots group COVID-19 ‘Survivor Corps’ found that fatigue was the most common of the top 50 symptoms experienced by the more than 1500 long haulers who responded, followed by muscle or body aches, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and difficulty concentrating,
Severe chest pain and other body aches are also indicators of the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which means that you shouldn’t put the health of others and yourself at risk. Therefore, seeking medical care ASAP is a good idea.
The so-called ‘brain fog’ refers to difficulty while trying to concentrate and also a possible symptom for infection with COVID-19. Elemental reports:
The term ‘brain fog’ is ill-defined, but it’s one that more and more experts are using to describe a cluster of neurological symptoms that a lot of people who have had Covid-19 go on to experience for months following their initial infection,
If you wanted more proof that COVID-19 affects even the brain of the patients, you must know that depression is a symptom of the disease as well.
Headaches usually come along joint and muscle pain, and the same combination could also occur if you get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
If your heart rate is higher than usual, it means you’re dealing with heart palpitations and a possible infection with the pandemic virus.
Other long-term complications
Although they’re less common than the others, you certainly can’t be a fan of them:
- Renal: acute kidney injury
- Dermatologic: rash and hair loss
- Cardiovascular: issues with the heart muscle
- Neurological: lack of smell and taste, problems with sleep, and memory problems
- Psychiatric: depression, anxiety, and mood changes
- Respiratory: abnormalities regarding lung function
We can have high hopes that restrictions from all over the world will disappear soon and life will return to normal, as the way it was before the start of the pandemic. Both American companies Pfizer and Moderna are preparing the vaccine for COVID-19, as it already had very promising results during trials.