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‘Long COVID’ may be impacting your entire body

Experts recently said patients may be feeling the impact of COVID-19 for months after they’re first infected.

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Tess Sullivan receives a COVID-19 test in Utah.

Tess Sullivan receives a COVID-19 test from Brad Langdorf at TestUtah’s COVID-19 mobile testing unit at Provo Towne Centre on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The units will increase testing access to communities across the state most impacted by the virus.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

“Long COVID” — a series of symptoms that occur after your body has been infected with COVID-19 — might be impacting multiple parts of your body, doctors recently told Reuters.

  • “Long COVID”is a term to describe those who experience ongoing symptoms of the coronavirus weeks or months after they’re first infected.

Doctors recently told Reuters that “long COVID” symptoms may affect multiple parts of your body.

A reportfrom Britain’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) said symptoms hit one area of your body — like the heart or lungs — and then dash over to another part of your body.

  • “This review highlights the detrimental physical and psychological impact that ongoing COVID is having on many people’s lives,” Dr. Elaine Maxwell, who led the report, told Reuters.

About 10% of COVID-19 patients feel symptoms of COVID-19 for three weeks after infection. Another 5% feel the impact for months after, according to Reuters.

Flashback:

Back in August, Utah “long haul” patients told Deseret about the mysterious illnesses that they experienced months after they first because infected with COVID-19.

  • A lot of us started realizing we weren’t getting better, and our bodies were doing crazy stuff — heart issues, neurological issues,”  Lisa O’Brien told Deseret.
  • “It’s not just all about life or death. There’s this middle ground that some of us get stuck in, and it can last for weeks or months, and we don’t know if we’ll ever go back to who we were. There’s just a lot of uncertainty and unknowns, and it’s scary. It’s not like the flu at all. This isn’t like any flu I’ve ever had,” she said