Top 12 things we didn’t know about covid long, a real disease

After discovering the improbable symptoms of Covid, we said to ourselves that, all the same, we did not know this disease very well with which we have been living for 2 years. And there’s something particularly mysterious that we haven’t quite grasped yet, it’s this story of “Covid long”. People talk about it all the time in the media, in the street, in transport, at the hairdresser’s, at the fishmonger’s, on the set of “Des Numériques et des Lettres”, and even in the evening when we have much better to do in the evening (like drinking glasses). In short, as it intrigues us – and you too surely – here is what we know about this famous long Covid at the present time.

1. We start with the basics: the long Covid is a Covid that lasts a long time

No, we don’t take you for idiots, but you have to start with the obvious: what is called long Covid is when Covid symptoms persist for a long time in a patient. Basically, instead of recovering completely in a few days like most people, the sufferer continues to have one or more symptoms for weeks, months, or even longer. Of course, it’s boring, and we think we’re not mistaken in saying that no sane person wants to be sick for that long.

2. The long Covid would affect 15% of patients 8 months after Covid infection

Even if these are still estimates, since long Covids are still poorly diagnosed, that still makes a lot of people concerned. At a glance, that would make around 65 million people affected by the long Covid worldwide. A figure which, you will grant us, is quite substantial.

3. Women would be more affected

Again, the statistics are not very precise at the moment, but it has been observed that women aged 30 to 60 are more often affected by long Covid than the rest of the population. Why ? That, we don’t know at the moment so don’t ask us too much please.

The most common symptoms

4. Fatigue

It’s the symptom that comes up most often, and at the same time it doesn’t always lead to a long Covid diagnosis because fatigue can have lots of different causes. In short, diagnosis or not, it seems that a lot of people remain very tired for months after contracting Covid-19. Being tired for a day or two is okay, but when it lasts that long it’s psychologically quite hard to take.

5. Shortness of breath

People who are having a long Covid can be out of breath like never before when they have made only light effort or no effort at all. Not great. This obviously concerns those who have developed respiratory forms of Covid, which are fortunately a little rarer since Omicron (big relief).

6. Headaches

Which can range from small temporary headaches to good big headaches that are difficult to bear. In any case, it’s something not super pleasant as you can understand.

7. Heart trouble

According to NatureMedicine, an ultra-serious American medical journal, 55% of patients who have had Covid-19 are at risk of developing a cardiovascular disorder in the year following infection. And it is true that we have identified a lot of heart problems (arrhythmias, thrombosis, stroke, etc.) in patients who have had the disease. One more sign that the Covid is far from being a “little flu”.

8. Disorders of smell and taste

Among all those who lost taste and smell during their Covid, some did not find them. For others, taste and smell have returned, but partially, or not as before. For them, things that smell good can smell awful, and casually this kind of stuff can ruin life. There’s something to seriously depress.

9. Muscle and joint pain

Researchers have observed that Covid-19 causes damage and inflammation in muscle tissue, and the phenomenon can last a very long time in some patients. They feel pain on a daily basis, pain that never goes away and becomes exhausting. The kind of thing we don’t even wish on our worst enemy.

10. Sleep disturbances

In addition to tiring, the long Covid can also lead to difficulty sleeping. Do you see it coming, the vicious circle of fatigue, stress and anxiety? The effects of lack of sleep are often underestimated, but they can be quite devastating to your health.

11. Psychological disorders

According to a British study, 34% of patients who contracted Covid-19 had psychological disorders within 6 months of infection. And it’s finally quite logical: when you continue to have symptoms of an illness for months, when you’re tired and you can’t sleep, the ground becomes conducive to anxiety and depression. Really a mess this disease.

12. We can’t yet cure all the long Covids

Covid-19 is ultimately still brand new to medicine, so its long-term consequences are not always easy to understand, let alone treat. As a result, for the moment, doctors cannot treat all cases of long Covid. But given the number of people affected worldwide, we can be sure that research will eventually find treatments suitable for most cases. It gives some hope.

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