If you've had this symptom then you've definitely had Covid-19 before

Do you have this persistent symptom? If so, according to an Irish study, there is a good chance that you have already had Covid-19.

If you've had this symptom then you've definitely had Covid-19 before
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If you've had this symptom then you've definitely had Covid-19 before

In Dublin, Ireland, a doctor and his team investigated a symptom that seems to persist in many convalescents following a coronavirus infection.

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Fatigue studied closely

To date, 'the medium and long-term consequences of the infection remain unexplored,' says Dr Liam Townsend, based at St James' Hospital in Dublin. Nevertheless, he and his colleagues took a close look at the issue by interviewing a panel of 128 participants, aged around 50 years.

These patients all had Covid-19, and are currently recovering. Note that of the 128 people, 71 had been hospitalised and 57 had had a ‘non-acute’ form of the disease. The results highlighted two key elements:

  • A majority of patients experienced persistent fatigue during the convalescence period.
  • Women represented 54% of the participants, and among them, two-thirds suffered from persistent fatigue (67%).

Finally, also note that people with a history of anxiety or depression were more likely to experience fatigue.

The expert explained: 'Our results demonstrate a significant burden of post-viral fatigue after the acute phase of the disease in people who have had a SARS-CoV-2 infection.'

Another report released by the World Health Organisation reviewed 55,924 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in China and found that fatigue was the 3rd most common symptom with 38.1% of patients falling subject to the constantly tired feeling. However, it is wise to note that fatigue is not a symptom of coronavirus in itself and is often accompanied by other indicators such as muscle pains, a dry cough and even the loss of taste and smell.

What is Long Covid?

Dr Michael Head of the University of Southampton evoked the expressionLong Covid':

We are seeing more and more evidence of 'Long Covid,’ and fatigue is one of the most frequently reported side effects.

Long covid is known to be a combination of long term symptoms such as fatigue, that can linger long after you've tested positive for the virus. A separate study conducted by the British Journal of General Practice even involved one 34-year-old woman who had to sit down for 10-15 minutes between completing chores:

I have to do a chore, sit down for 15, 20 minutes and then do the next, which frustrates me. It's like peeling potatoes, I can't peel the carrots straight afterwards.

Dr Head continued to reveal that reducing community transmission is the key to reducing cases of 'Long Covid':

The emerging scale of 'Long Covid' is the reason why it is important to reduce community transmission, even among younger groups of people who are not immediately seriously ill.
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