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2 common COVID-19 symptoms for long-haulers

A new study revealed two long-term COVID-19 symptoms that were the most common

Dr. Thuan Ong, center, reaches out to UW Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Dellit after Ong spoke with deep emotion about his patients before he received a COVID-19 vaccination at the hospital Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Seattle.
Dr. Thuan Ong, center, reaches out to UW Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tim Dellit after Ong spoke with deep emotion about his patients before he received a COVID-19 vaccination at the hospital Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson, Associated Press

A new study from researchers at the University of Washington has revealed some of the common COVID-19 symptoms among those who suffer from infection over the long haul.

What’s happening

The new study — published in the journal JAMA Network Open — recently reviewed the cases of 117 people who suffered from COVID-19. Researchers followed up with these patients three to nine months after their diagnoses. The participants reported suffering COVID-19 symptoms after their initial infection.

  • The COVID-19 patients reported the symptoms they felt months after the infection, according to Live Science.
  • The most common symptom was fatigue, which was reported by 13.6% of participants.
  • Loss of smell and taste was also reported by 13.6%.

Meanwhile, a separate 13% said they suffered from muscle aches, breathing troubles, cough and brain fog months after infection.

“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, according to LiveScience.

Long-haul symptoms

Researchers have been digging into the symptoms suffered from long-haul patients. Most recently, experts recently told The Lily (published by The Washington Post) that women are reporting more “long-haul” COVID-19 symptoms.

Ryan Hurt, the lead researcher at the Mayo Clinic on post-COVID-19 syndrome, told The Lily that he has seen 20,000 positive COVID-19 cases in his hospital. He said 10% of those cases had long-haul symptoms. and 60% to 80% of those patients were women.

  • Per The Lily; “Aside from biology, there may be deep sociological or cultural underpinnings accounting for the split — simply that women may be more willing to seek medical attention and speak openly about symptoms, especially those affiliated with mood and cognitive issues.”