A Zimbabwean trained medical doctor, a Physician, currently living and working in the United Kingdom. He brings in a lot of knowledge and experience from his role as a Covid-19 front-line worker.
Seeing and managing patients affected with Covid-19 from its craddle in Feb-March 2020, up to now has empowered him with knowledge to share his on-going experience on his blogs.
He acknowledges that understanding Covid-19 and its complications is a learning process for him and every individual. He appreciates that collating information on this menace will eventually lead to science driven outcomes and a better future.
Long Covid Common Symptoms - Definitions
So what is Long Covid?
Long Covid is a term that describes the effects of Covid-19 that continue for weeks or months beyond the initial infection. The effects vary from one person to the next and they maybe as follows:
- Acute Covid : signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for up to 4 weeks
- Ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 signs and symptoms from 4 to 12 weeks
- Post COVID-19 syndrome : signs & symptoms that develop during or after an infection consistent with COVID-19 which continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by any alternative diagnosis.
The following are signs and symptoms of Long Covid:
- Chest tightness
- Chest pain
- A feeling off brain fog with loss of concentration or memory issues
- Sleep disturbance
- Pins and needles and the numbness of your distal extremities
- Confusion especially in the elderly people
- Tummy pain
- Feeling of wanting to vomit
- Reduced or poor appetite
- Joint pains
- Muscle pains
- Some sort of psychological or psychiatricsymptoms like feeling of depression or feeling of anxiety
- Ringing ears
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or loss of smell
- Skin rashes
You will note that all the symptoms are also the same symptoms of Covid in other words it's persisting Covid symptoms.
Covid-19 preventive measures should be adhered to. If on prescribed medication, it must be continued.
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