Since the novel coronavirus has been moving around in the past few years, no one is aware of the lasting insinuations of the ailments. All we know now is that the virus is here to stay. And it is necessary to understand how to navigate this landscape. Otherwise, it is challenging to discern specific physical symptoms and implement the correct measure to treat them at the right time.
Getting a vaccine is a must. And since minimal resistance has been to the same, some people believe they need incentives for taking the jab. According to a recent poll by MyBioSource, people in Kansas feel they should get paid $168 for the vaccine shot. Similarly, people in Maine feel it should be $157, and people in Iowa think the incentive must be $166.
- The case for long covid
One of the after-effects of covid is the long-covid. According to the National Institutes of Health, the new or prolonged symptoms that people might develop after recovery from COVID-19 might lead to long covid. All the symptoms can persist for a while and even longer. Some of the common symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Sleep disorders
- Brain fog
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Heart problems
- Chronic cough
- Depression and anxiety
The symptom duration for patients that suffer from long COVID will have varied symptoms. Just in case all the symptoms get solved within 30 days, it can be because of the COVID infection. But when there is an acute symptom right after 30 days, or it starts after 30 days, it gets called the long COVID. The other name for it is post-acute COVID.
Several people have problems for several months, weeks, and even longer. For others, it might be for a few days, and it can bounce back.
- Can long COVID be contagious?
The precise reason for the post-COVID-19 problems could be more apparent. However, it will not appear as a natural infection, which means it is not contagious. People often believe that others have the virus in their system, much like chickenpox, that can emerge much later. In terms of post-COVID-19 rashes and various skin problems, all these things usually aren’t as infectious as cellulitis. It’s how the body’s system responds to the novel coronavirus infecting it.
And all this, along with a lingering cough that a person has, can prove to be a COVID-19 infection. The other kind of viral infection is pneumonia, which can result in a post-viral cough for some time but is not infectious in any way.
- The way long COVID affects your body
Today, research is an end-to-end process, and there is specific evidence that the pandemic infection can lead to all that gets known as in-organ damage, for instance, scarring in the heart and lungs. However, people infected with the virus don’t give any evidence of it.
It has been said that COVID-19 also impacts the autonomic nervous system. The non-COVID-19 patient being admitted to the ICU for several months and not being mobile can have tremendous fatigue. Chances are that they will not be able to exert themselves as before they got infected. Even COVID-19 mimics that thinking. That means, even when one person doesn’t get confined to the bed for several months, the body will get deconditioned to a considerable extent compared to what one can expect from any illness level.
- Who are the people who would get long COVID?
Several doctors who presented post-COVID-19 symptoms to the Conditions and Prevention via Vaccination shared that people below 65 can develop COVID-19. And it maximizes their scope to get affected by long COVID. This weakness tends to attack more middle-aged people. It doesn’t mean that people in their 20s will never get affected by it. They, too, can, but most have been in the earlier age bracket.
Additionally, the illness severity will predict whether one can develop the long COVID-19. And most people who get caught up by this usually are moderately ill and don’t get admitted to any hospital.
Generally, the trend is that people develop the symptoms of long-COVID after about 30 to 60 days of recovery. All people don’t get severely ill or get hospitalized. It doesn’t act like the flu. People don’t stay weak for a while and then return to normal. There can be ongoing issues with it.
Finally, it is necessary to understand whether long COVID will go away. It has yet to be discovered whether the long COVID symptoms are temporary or permanent. Some people suffer for a lesser time, and others for more time. Medical professionals treat the symptoms based on the severity and how a person copes. No one size fits all here. Hence, what might work for one, might not work for other individuals.