Do You Have This Symptom? Then You've Definitely Had Covid-19 Before
Do You Have This Symptom? Then You've Definitely Had Covid-19 Before
Do You Have This Symptom? Then You've Definitely Had Covid-19 Before
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Do You Have This Symptom? Then You've Definitely Had Covid-19 Before

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

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

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.
By James Guttridge

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