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COVID-19 long haulers; What Doctors have to say about it

The cases of COVID-19 infection continue to soar around the world with no peak in sight as we reach the tenth month of the pandemic. Although scientists and medical experts around the world continue to learn more about the new contagion and its strange range of symptoms, it is becoming clear that it is not a straightforward battle with COVID-19. While the infectious disease was previously considered to be a respiratory infection, it has become obvious that the virus manifests in different individuals differently. The after-effects of the crippling disease are much graver than commonly believed, from a serious lung injury, heart attack, life-threatening clots to stroke, and memory loss.

A great number of individuals have survived COVID-19 worldwide, but continue to combat the effects of the disease even after they have clinically tested negative for the disease. After they have been declared COVID-free, these people suffer from debilitating after-effects of the disease, with some also developing newer symptoms after testing negative. Long-haulers are called them. One of the most difficult aspects of becoming a long-hauler is that, when the latest pandemic is just months old, you don’t exactly know when the effects of the epidemic will eventually subside.

Another factor is that doctors can overlook these symptoms as psychiatric problems, further troubling the long-hauler who does not understand precisely what is wrong with him/her. Though online support for individuals with long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms is growing, the medical community is still struggling to find answers to these odd COVID-19 after-effects.

Similar to coronavirus, some of the most common symptoms of long-haul COVID-19 include severe weakness, muscle or body ache, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, massively decreased stamina, exhaustion, inability to exercise or to lead an active lifestyle, difficulties with memory, and dizziness. A pounding heart and even a frequent loss of smell can also be encountered by long-haulers. They complain about not being able to return to the workplace to their previously active lives.

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