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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:

  1. Acute Covid : signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for up to 4 weeks
  2. Ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 signs and symptoms from 4 to 12 weeks
  3. 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:

  • Breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Chest tightness
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • A feeling off brain fog with loss of concentration or memory issues
  • Headache
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Pins and needles and the numbness of your distal extremities
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion especially in the elderly people
  • Tummy pain
  • Feeling of wanting to vomit
  • Diarrhoea
  • 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.

About the author

Dr Fanwell Mamvura

Dr Fanwell Mamvura

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.

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