'Long Covid': Why are some people not recovering?
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For most people, Covid-19 is a brief and mild disease but some are left struggling with symptoms including lasting fatigue, persistent pain and breathlessness for months. The condition known as "long Covid" is having a debilitating effect on people's lives.


There is no medical definition or list of symptoms shared by all patients. However, the most common feature is crippling fatigue.

Others symptoms: Breathlessness, a cough that won't go away, joint pain, muscle aches, hearing and eyesight problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and gut, mental health problems.


Crucially, doctors found no link between the severity of the infection and fatigue. Half of the people in a study in Dublin still had fatigue 10 weeks after being infected with coronavirus. A third was physically unable to return to work.

HOW IS THE VIRUS CAUSING LONG COVID? There are lots of ideas, but no definitive answers.

• Virus may have been cleared from most of the body, but continues to linger in some small pockets.

• One thought is the immune system does not return to normal after Covid and this causes ill-health.

• The infection may also alter how people's organs function. This is most obvious with the lungs if they become scarred.

• But Covid may also alter people's metabolism. There have been cases of people struggling to control their blood sugar levels after developing diabetes as a result of Covid.

• There are early signs of changes to brain structure, but these are still being investigated.

• And Covid-19 also does strange things to the blood, including abnormal clotting, and damaging the network of tubes that carry blood around the body.

NHS has a "YOUR COVID RECOVERY PLAN" which recommends "three Ps" in order to conserve energy:

1. Pace yourself so you don't push yourself too hard, and make sure you have plenty of rest

2. Plan your days so your most tiring activities are spread out across the week

3. Prioritise - think about what you need to do and what can be put off

Some have raised concerns that there is not enough support for people with long-Covid.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-54296223
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