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Posted On: 24 February 2021 12:03 pm

What is Long-COVID?

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While most people who have had the coronavirus (COVID-19) recover completely, there are some that have certain post-COVID-19 symptoms that may last for a while. This is called Long-COVID, and may occur in people who may not even have been hospitalised during their COVID-19 illness. (CDC)

Long-COVID, which is also referred to as post-COVID-19 syndrome, is a term that's been used to describe the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms that continue to affect people for weeks or even months after contracting the virus.

What are some of the common symptoms of Long-COVID?

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Joint Pain
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

Who is at risk?

Most people recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19), but anyone can experience the ongoing symptoms of Long-COVID. Due to their increased vulnerability and often weakened immune systems, the elderly are more susceptible to long-term complications due to COVID-19.

What can we do to prevent Long-COVID?

The best form of prevention is to follow all steps needed to be taken to reduce the risk of getting the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash or sanitise hands regularly
  • Maintain physical distance
  • Avoid large gatherings

It's also important that people who experience signs and symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19) do not delay in seeking medical care. The sooner medical teams can begin treating the symptoms, the higher the chance of avoiding symptoms.

What is Long-COVID?
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Sources: CDC; MoPH Qatar
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