The term “long covid” comes from early patients who called themselves “long-haulers” when their bouts of illness persisted for months. It is now becoming increasingly clear that prolonged Covid presents a potential tidal wave of suffering – suffering caused by Covid-19 that refuses to go away. The extent of the problem is still unknown. But a new study from the Netherlands offers important clues.
inside paper Published in the Lancet, Aranka Ballering and colleagues at the Lifelines Corona Research Initiative report on an effort to explore the nature and prevalence of post-Covid conditions based on a large population sample. The report also corrects for those who had some symptoms prior to exposure to the virus and for disease dynamics in the general population. This helped them study the actual damage caused by the epidemic. They found that post-Covid symptoms lingered in 1 in 8 people. If true, such a figure would mean a total of 70 million or more long-term Covid sufferers worldwide More than 588 million Infected to date, and probably more. Some studies have given an even higher prevalence. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention A recent large study found About 1 in 5 adults aged 18 to 64 who had contracted Covid and 1 in 4 aged 65 and over had at least one health condition related to their Covid infection. one more Survey Keep the spread at 43 percent.
The Netherlands study was based on digital questionnaires sent to patients between March 31, 2020 and August 2, 2021 — mostly before the Delta and Omicron waves — and recorded long-term Covid symptoms three to five months after initial infection. The main symptoms that bother people are chest pain, difficulty breathing, a lump in the throat, pain when breathing, painful muscles, heavy hands or feet, loss of taste and smell, alternating hot and cold, tingling and general fatigue. The study found some symptoms that “did not significantly increase” in severity 90 to 150 days after infection, suggesting they may not be associated with chronic Covid: headache, itchy eyes, dizziness, back pain and nausea.
Other studies have shown that A Wide constellation Long-haulers are suffering almost every organ system. What was not covered in the new study, but a serious complaint among long-covid patients, is cognitive impairment – the so-called brain fog after covid.
A recent research Plan The point being made by the Biden administration is that the long covid is real, but the impact is not yet fully understood. Disease and disability can force many people to work less or differently, affecting the economy and the workplace; The health care burden can be overwhelming; A prolonged Covid-19 may exacerbate racial, ethnic and economic disparities. The Biden plan notes, “Pandemics like influenza and polio had long-term effects that persisted for decades.” Also this epidemic will happen. The challenge will be how to deal with it in the coming years.