People who recover from covid-19 can still suffer from the disease for several months. This is no secret to science, but the number of symptoms that can be classified as long-term covid is far from being a consensus. But, according to a recent study conducted by US scientists, there are only seven – including obesity.
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The research was published in the scientific journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases. Led by researchers at the University of Missouri, the survey investigated long-term covid symptoms (or the absence of them) in 17,000 Americans infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus — although the number is comprehensive, the geographical area can be considered a limiting factor. in the search.
What are the seven most common symptoms of long covid?
Below, check out the complete list of the most common symptoms of long-term covid, according to North American scientists:
- Heart palpitations;
- Hair loss;
- Chest pain;
- Dyspnoea (shortness of breath);
- Joint pain;
For the authors, “persistent pulmonary, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal symptoms observed to be specifically associated with covid-19 have the potential to seriously affect the quality of life of affected patients”. Other surveys point to this impact on the labor market, for example.
Is obesity an indicator of long covid?
It sounds strange that obesity is considered a sequel to covid-19 and, in fact, scientists have questioned this. Although the condition is included in the list of symptoms, the authors state: “It is possible that the increase in obesity diagnoses observed in these data may be a result of reduced physical activity due to [outros] prolonged effects of the covid-19 infection”. In other words, it would be a consequence of the complication.
Long covid health challenges
During the Reviews process, “we identified that some diagnoses, commonly described as ‘covid long’, do not seem significantly more frequent after infection with covid-19 compared to other common respiratory infections”, explain the authors of the study on the short list of symptoms.
However, the issue is still not a consensus in public health. For example, another survey, involving researchers from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), came to the conclusion that there are 23 symptoms of the long-term covid. As most research involves self-perception and own criteria, it is possible that such differences exist.
In addition to the number of known symptoms, it is worth noting that, this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted that, among the reasons that justify the permanence of the covid-19 pandemic, is the long covid. According to the organization, care for these individuals is still scarce and, in many regions, it is simply not available.
Source: Open Forum Infectious Diseases and MU