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‘I Had Never Felt Worse’: Long Covid Sufferers Are Struggling With Exercise

And experts have some theories as to why. #COVID19 #COVID #LongCovid #coronavirus By Melinda Wenner Moyer When Natalie Hollabaugh tested positive for Covid-19 in March 2020, her recovery felt extremely slow. Eighteen months later, she was still suffering from a litany of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches and joint pain. She saw a cardiologist and a pulmonologist, who both ruled out other health problems, she said. And they advised her to start exerci

Gut bacteria may play a role in the development of long COVID

Previous research found that individuals with severe #COVID19 tend to have gut #dysbiosis. New study finds there may also be connection between gut dysbiosis & #LongCovid. Future clinical trials could investigate probiotics, dietary changes as treatment. Many people who recover from COVID-19 report lingering symptoms such as fatigue, muscle weakness, and insomnia, known collectively as post-acute COVID syndrome (PACS) or long COVID. Previous research has found that individu

New Research Hints at 4 Factors That May Increase Chances of Long Covid

Study reports 4 factors present early during coronavirus infection that correlate with increased risk of having #LongCovid weeks later. 1. Levels of #coronavirus RNA 2. Presence of autoantibodies 3. Reactivation of Epstein-Barr virus 4. Type 2 diabetes It is one of many mysteries about long Covid: Who is more prone to developing it? Are some people more likely than others to experience physical, neurological or cognitive symptoms that can emerge, or linger for, months after t

Long-COVID symptoms less likely in vaccinated people, Israeli data say

#LongCovid symptoms less likely in vaccinated people, Israeli data say. People who have had both #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus infection & doses of Pfizer vaccine were much less likely to report Long Covid symptoms than people who were unvaccinated when infected. Data from people infected with SARS-CoV-2 early in the pandemic add to growing evidence suggesting that vaccination can help to reduce the risk of long COVID. Researchers in Israel report that people who have had both SARS

Breakthrough infections are less likely to lead to long Covid, a study suggests

People who experience breakthrough infections of the #coronavirus after being fully vaccinated are about 50% less likely to experience long #COVID19 than are unvaccinated people who catch the virus, researchers said in a large new report. The study, which was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal on Wednesday, also provides more evidence that the two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines offer powerful protection against symptomatic and severe d

Post-COVID syndrome (Long Covid): Heart and lungs

Now that we’re a year into the #COVID19 pandemic, we’re beginning to have an understanding of the lasting long-term effects the disease has. Prolonged symptoms have colloquially been called #LongCOVID, and those who are experiencing these symptoms are colloquially called long haulers. Long COVID may also be referred to as long-term COVID, chronic COVID, or post COVID syndrome, as no official term has been established yet.

Epstein-Barr virus reactivation may be the cause of long COVID symptoms

#EpsteinBarr virus (#EBV) reactivation resulting from the inflammatory response to #coronavirus infection may be the cause of previously unexplained #longCOVID symptoms -- such as fatigue, brain fog, and rashes -- that occur in approximately 30% of patients after recovery from initial #COVID19 infection. The first evidence linking EBV reactivation to long COVID, as well as an analysis of long COVID prevalence, is outlined in a new long COVID study published in the journal Pat

Don't Drop the Ball on Long COVID — We can prepare today for an influx of future patients

#COVID19 #LongCovid #COVID So far, the response to this pandemic has been focused on addressing the acute manifestations of COVID-19 -- but that is only the tip of the iceberg. We must not ignore what's beneath the surface: the lingering health and mental health implications of long COVID. Long after the initial infection should have resolved, a substantial number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 continue to experience lingering health problems. Some patients even experienc

They Had Mild Covid. Then Their Serious Symptoms Kicked In.

A study found that ~1/3 of people struggling with #LongCovid (shortness of breath, cough, abdominal pain) did not have signs of illness in first 10 days after testing positive for #coronavirus. #COVID19 #SARSCoV2

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