(NEXSTAR) – Some COVID-19 patients are still feeling the effects of an infection they suffered in 2020.
According to a press release from The Cleveland Clinic, even those who have had less severe infections suffer long-term. We are also learning that for some people with mild infections or asymptomatic initial infections, these symptoms can resurface for months or even years.
“It would be nice if we could give patients a deadline, endure it for six months and it will go away, but we can’t say that at all,” infectious disease specialist Dr. Kristin Englund said in the news. Release. “Patients show symptoms in two years and time is still running out.”
Long-haul COVID is often used interchangeably with Long COVID, or post-COVID syndrome, to refer to symptoms that last longer than the typical two-week time frame for post-infection recovery, according to Johns Hopkins University.
There is no common set of long-term symptoms, but according to the Cleveland Clinic, the most commonly reported are “overwhelming fatigue, persistent cough, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, brain fog , muscle pain, chronic constipation or diarrhea. , lack of appetite and loss of taste and smell.
the CDC lists 18 potential post-COVID symptomsadding fever, sleep problems and other conditions to the above.
The wide variety of symptoms also makes standardized treatment for long-haul patients difficult, and vaccinated patients are not completely immune to long-term complications.
The Cleveland Clinic says it is now working to understand how variants of COVID-19 may explain different long-term symptoms.