Long term effects of COVID-19
Mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts about two weeks for most people. But in some others, long-term effects of COVID-19 can cause lingering health problems and wreak havoc for months.
Long Covid, or Long Hauler Syndrome is described by the World Health Organization (WHO) as symptoms of Covid that last for at least two months after infection, and which cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.
These symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction but also others that generally have an impact on everyday functioning. Symptoms may also fluctuate or relapse over time.
“Some individuals develop medium to long-term symptoms following COVID infection, including brain fog, fatigue, headaches and dizziness. The cause of these symptoms is unclear but is an active area of investigation.”
Post Covid Brain Fog
“Brain fog” is a common after-effect of COVID-19, affecting some 67 percent of 156 patients at a post-COVID clinic in New York, a study shows.
Examinations of the cerebrospinal fluid revealed elevated levels of protein, suggesting inflammation, and the presence of unexpected antibodies found in an activated immune system.
According to Psychology Today, the most common cognitive complaints our neuropsychologists hear are difficulty paying attention for long periods, what patients refer to as “brain fog,” an inability to think clearly, an inability to find the right words in conversation, and an inability to process information as quickly as they did before.
Addressing ongoing symptoms after Covid infection, may help people improve quality of life. Testing vitamin and hormone levels and assessing deficiencies with appropriate supplementation as recommended by our expert pharmacists may be the answer.
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