Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer for the CDC’s COVID-19 response, said that “long COVID” is still being researched by experts and there’s not a lot understood about it right now, according to CNBC.
- But, he said, doctors can help people identify the long COVID-19 illness.
- You may be suffering from long COVID. “If you’re having symptoms you haven’t had before, something new following COVID (such as) chest pain, difficulty breathing, you can’t get your thinking clearly, you’re just not getting better the way you thought you should, have a low threshold to seek care,” Brooks said at a recent hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to CNBC.
Brooks said people shouldn’t avoid the hospital if they’re worried about long COVID-19 right now. They should seek help immediately if they’re worried about it.
“That may be all right for the short term until we can really discriminate more clearly what defines this. We’re in the stage of learning,” he said, according to CNBC.
More on ‘long COVID-19’ symptoms
We’ve heard about long COVID-19 before. Back in March, a study from the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine found that people who had COVID-19 for the long haul often suffered from five specific symptoms, including:
- Muscle pain.
- Hoarse voice.
- Difficulty breathing.
- “Our research indicates that the health consequences of COVID-19 extend far beyond acute infection, even among those who experience mild illness,” the authors wrote in the study, LiveScience reports.