- Some of the long-haul symptoms include exhaustion, shortness of breath, headaches, fast heartbeats, changes in taste and smell and brain fog, among other symptoms.
What’s going on?
Natalie Lambert, an associate research professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, recently surveyed thousands of “long COVID” patients and found their symptoms come in regular intervals — about one week or 10 days, NBC News reports.
- She said these are “waves of symptoms.”
Lambert previously told The New York Times that some symptoms from COVID-19 pop up months after the initial infection. Patients might not even know those are “long-COVID” symptoms, either.
- “Another important component is that we know that some of the long-haul symptoms show up much later than two months,” Lambert told The New York Times. “So there’s a potential for a wide range of long-haul symptoms that they’re not going to associate with COVID.”
Lambert told NBC News that more research is needed to confirm the results, which she didn’t publish in a medical journal.
However, Dr. Richard Walker, chairman of emergency medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, told NBC News that the work from Lambert was “very important.”
- “Any time we can predict the course of the disease, it offers us the ability to mitigate problems,” Walker said.