The coronavirus pandemic has changed our society quite a bit, and it continues to transform the way we live our lives and do business. While a lot of people are suffering from this pandemic, it seems that even Covid survivors are encountering some issues as well. Those that already had this virus seem to suffer from long-term Covid-19 health problems.
What kind of long-term health problems are experienced by Covid survivors?
A study published in the Nature Medicine journal shows that people which already had this virus are still dealing with post Covid-19 health problems. These can differ from one person to another. In general, the most common issues are depression, anxiety, shortness of breath, fatigue from even the simplest tasks, and post-traumatic stress.
There are also other studies showing that this virus is actively attacking the nervous system. A Chicago-based medical center did a advanced study on the long term effects of Covid. The study showed that more than 40% of the patients that have Covid are dealing with neurologic manifestations and 30% of them had impaired cognition problems. The virus can damage the brain via encephalitis.
On top of that, the COVID-19 virus can also lead to strokes, especially for people over the age of 70. Even younger persons are 7 times more likely to have a stroke if they have/had the virus when compared to the regular flu.
Are there any other long-term concerns?
Aside from those issues listed above, there are also others that we need to take into consideration. There is a strong link between post survivors of Covid and heart palpations . Other survivors are experiencing hair loss or rashes, sleep and concentration problems, even memory loss. There are also some persons dealing with a loss of smell/taste, and continued muscle pain. Since this virus is bringing in a lot of unknowns for our society, it can be very difficult to understand and analyze long-term health problems. It’s very important to prevent our exposure to this virus and ensure that we keep ourselves safe.
Is Covid-19 causing organ damage to survivors?
Some imaging tests taken multiple months after recovery shows that survivors have lasting damage to the heart muscle. That means the risk of a potential heart failure is increased exponentially. A similar issue appears in the case of the lungs, where the virus deal’s long-term damage to the alveoli. That scar tissue can bring in major breathing problems in the long run.
As you can see, the Covid-19 virus is extremely problematic, and even if you had it, that doesn’t mean you don’t need to worry. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 survivors can still deal with severe health problems. These include heart and lung problems, brain damage, blood vessels and blood clots problems, and so on. It’s very important to monitor your health even if you already had the virus because you never really know what complications might arise. One thing is certain, this is not just a simple virus, and it can lead to major problems in the long run. That’s why we need to stay vigilant and analyze our health, then address any issues right away!