When we first heard about COVID-19, the world became a scary place. It was like a futuristic sci-fi movie with an unbelievable plot. If someone wrote a screenplay where the whole world would be forced to shut down, and we would all have to stay indoors, far away from everyone, including our friends and family, it would be tossed in the trash. It's too far-fetched! Who would ever believe it?
And yet...we lived it!
Initially, we didn’t know much except that this virus could attack the respiratory system in a deadly way. As we watched the news, we all feared losing our senses of taste and smell because those symptoms seemed the first sign of contracting this horrible illness.
You were there; I don't have to tell you what happened next.
So, fast forward to 2023, and now there is something else that we have learned. Researchers found that the virus can have long-term effects and attack the brain and nervous system in a debilitating way. That was when we first started hearing the term 'Long Covid,' also known as 'SARS-C0V-2'.
As if COVID-19 and the next possible mutation weren't enough to worry about!
In July 2021, Long-COVID was included as a condition that could lead to a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the biggest problems with diagnosing Long-COVID is that it is linked to over 200 symptoms, many of which mimic other health issues. This is why discussing any symptoms that linger for more than a month with your healthcare provider is important.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.5% of adults in the United States have lingering effects of COVID-19. That's one for every 13 people! While long-term issues usually affect those who had a severe case, Long COVID does not discriminate and affects even those who only had a mild case of COVID-19.
There's a long list of symptoms for Long COVID which can affect us physically, psychologically, and emotionally which include:
While the causes of Long-COVID are not specifically known, the virus seems to attack the brain and cause inflammation. Researchers are still studying how the virus affects the body, specifically the brain and nervous system, and how to reverse any damage in these areas.
If you have any symptoms mentioned above or issues that have lingered for weeks, talk to your doctor. As with any health condition, addressing it earlier rather than later can bring significant improvement. Until more is known about Long COVID, your doctor may address your symptoms individually.
Common sense will also go a long way (pun intended). There are four easy ways to make your life healthier, which will directly affect your body and your mind. If you haven't lived by the following tips to gain better health and well-being, maybe seeing them one more time will help:
With so many symptoms that can be identified with other ailments, some patients have found that their healthcare professionals dismiss them with an "it's all in your head" approach. Be persistent because only you know how you feel. The lyrics to the song "Unwritten" by artist Natasha Bedingfield have a line that I always think about in situations like this: "Feel the rain on your skin; no one else can feel it for you."
Disclaimer: All content found on our website, including images, videos, infographics, and text were created solely for informational purposes. Our reviewed content should never be used for the purpose of diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. Content shared on our websites is not meant to be used as a substitute for advice from a certified medical professional. Reliance on the information provided on our website as a basis for patient treatment is solely at your own risk. We urge all our customers to always consult a physician or a certified medical professional before trying or using a new medical product.
Linda Guerrera is the Digital Content Manager for Health Products For You. As an award-winning media professional, she has spent her entire career as on on-air radio personality, program director, voice-over artist ...
When traditional oral intake is not feasible, enteral feeding comes into play. It supports nutritional needs of individuals recovering from an injury or surgery. Dive into this informative article and learn what, when, why, and how of enteral feeding and ensure optimal patient care.
Looking for a non-invasive option to manage carpal tunnel symptoms? Experience relief from constant tingling and pain with this Carpal Solution Wrist Support. Read this article to know about the unique features and benefits of this wrist support brace designed to deal with CTS and find why it is one of the most reliable wrist braces available on the market.
Need an effective and affordable nebulizer? Look no further, in this article we offer 5 of our best reviewed nebulizers that are loved by our customers. Click to read more and find the perfect nebulizer for all your respiratory needs.
Worried about nighttime leaks? Say goodbye to leakage with our ten best overnight adult diapers and wake up refreshed and dry.
Neck pain can wreak havoc on your otherwise healthy life. Traction device improves your cervical health and overall well-being. Read more to find our best cervical traction devices designed to curb the stiffness and discomfort of cervical muscles.