The commonly reported problems with Long Covid were Fatigue (53.1%), worsened quality of life (44.1%), joint pain (27.3%) and chest pain (21.7%). Other problems include cough, skin rashes, headache, palpitations, diarrhea and pins & needles sensations. Some patients also reported an inability to perform routine daily activities. In addition to the above problems, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder were also reported. Some even faced breathlessness and excessive fatigue even after 3 months after being infected with Covid-19. The risk of Long Covid is twice as common in women compared to men.
Long Covid has several long lasting impacts on different people as per various studies. One of the most common effects of Long Covid is Organ Damage. Organ damage affects the heart, kidneys, skin and brain. It also severely affects the immune system and causes inflammatory diseases as well. Some other common symptoms of Long Covid are extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of smell, muscle ache, insomnia, heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness, depression and anxiety, etc.
“Long Covid” is the name given to the symptoms that persist even after a Covid infection has receded. Usually covid infections get better within four weeks. If its symptoms last longer than that, the person is said to suffer from long Covid. As per medical professionals, there are two types of long covid: Ongoing Symptomatic Covid: This is when Covid symptoms last for 4 - 12 weeks. Post Covid Syndrome: This is the case when Covid symptoms last even after 12 weeks. The term Long Covid is a collective term to denote persistence of symptoms among those who have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infections.