The height of the COVID-19 pandemic is behind us, and life has mostly returned to normal. However, although the risk of contracting COVID-19 and suffering intense symptoms is no longer an issue at the forefront of our minds, COVID-19 is still affecting many people long after the fact.
What is Long Covid?
According to the American CDC, Long Covid (or Post-COVID) occurs when someone who previously contracted the COVID-19 virus suffers from long-term effects after their recovery. Long Covid can include a varying spectrum of health problems, such as chest pain, sleep problems, and life-interfering fatigue.
Who is likely to be affected by Long Covid?
Though anyone who has previously contracted COVID-19 has the potential to develop symptoms of Long Covid, the condition is more likely to affect those who experienced a more severe bout of Covid infection. Ongoing research also suggests that those with underlying conditions and those who are unvaccinated are more likely to report Long Covid.
Diagnosing Long Covid
If you believe you might be suffering from Long Covid, it’s best to make a visit to your physician. Symptoms may include:
- Symptoms that worsen with exertion (or “post exertional fatigue”)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Difficulty focusing (or “brain fog”)
- Sleep problems
- Dizziness when standing
- The feeling of pins-and-needles
- Altered smell or taste
- Stomach pain
- Joint or muscle pain
- Altered menstrual cycles
Long Covid affects everyone differently. Symptoms may occur alone or in combination and may persist for varying amounts of time. Again, it is best to discuss with your physician if you suspect you have Long Covid. Reporting your symptoms can also help the medical and scientific communities further understand the long-term effects of Covid-19.
What should you do if you suspect you have Long Covid?
It is best to make an appointment with your physician if you suspect you may have Long Covid. Your provider will be able to assist you in diagnosing and coming up with a healthcare plan for your specific situation. If your plan entails remote monitoring, check out our HealthGO and TwoCan Pulse™> solutions.