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These are the most common symptoms for COVID-19 long haulers

Patients with ‘long-COVID’ reported having specific symptoms months later

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A sign lists symptoms that would require a rescheduled appointment at a COVID-19 mass vaccination site, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.

A sign lists symptoms that would require a rescheduled appointment at a COVID-19 mass vaccination site, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty, Associated Press

A new study from Northwestern University found about 85% of those with long-COVID-19 face long-term symptoms, including neurologic symptoms.

  • The study broke down the most common symptoms for long-haulers, separating them into neurological and nonneurological symptoms.

Per CNN, the most common neurological symptoms include:

  • Brain fog (81%)
  • Headache (68%)
  • Numbness or tingling (60%)
  • Loss or altered taste (59%)
  • Loss of smell (55%)
  • The study suggested dizziness, pain and blurred vision were also potential neurological symptoms.

According to CNN, the most common nonneurological symptoms for long-haulers in the study included:

  • Fatigue (85%)
  • Depression/anxiety (47%)
  • Shortness of breath (46%)
  • Chest pain (37%)
  • Insomnia (33%)

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The New York Times reports the study found COVID-19 survivors ended up facing long-term neurological symptoms months after their diagnosis.

Dr. Igor J. Koralnik, Northwestern Medicine’s chief of neuroinfectious diseases and global neurology, told The New York Times  the symptoms came out of the blue for many patients.

  • “We are seeing people who are really highly, highly functional individuals, used to multitasking all the time and being on top of their game, but, all of a sudden, it’s really a struggle for them,” he said.

Experts recommend more research into long-haulers so those patients can find the help they need, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.