A large percentage of people who contracted covid-19 recovered within a few weeks without any lingering issues. However, some people who became infected with the virus experienced symptoms that lasted for months and even years afterward. Why this happens isn’t fully understood yet, especially since this phenomenon occurs after both mild and serious cases of covid.
Known as long-covid or post-Covid syndrome, this condition can cause a wide range of symptoms that can have a lasting impact on a person’s daily life long after the initial infection clears.
Because the symptoms of covid can vary from person to person, the symptoms of long-covid can vary just as much. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms include:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Brain fog
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- A lingering cough
- Symptoms that become worse after physical or mental exertion
- Prolonged loss of taste
- Changes to menstruation
Some less common symptoms have also been reported. People may experience increased mental health problems, insomnia, pins and needles, muscle and joint pain, digestive issues, chest pain, and a pounding heartbeat. In rare cases, some people develop vascular issues and blood clots.
At present, there is no cure for the post-covid syndrome. Instead, treatment options will focus on reducing the side effects rather than the syndrome as a whole. If you are worried that you’re experiencing post-covid syndrome, speak to your GP or a healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms.
Covid-19 is going to be in our lives for the foreseeable future. Even if you’re vaccinated or have had covid once before, you can still spread it to others as well as become ill again.
To prevent infection or reinfection, you should take certain precautions like wearing masks in enclosed spaces, using hand sanitizer, and washing your hands frequently. Be sure to stay up to date on any vaccines and book in for boosters when you are eligible to.
Covid Test for Travel in Northampton
If you’re worried that you may have covid or need a rapid antigen test in the UK before traveling, contact West Chemist. Our professionals can carry out both same-day PCR tests and antigen covid tests in Northampton. Visit our website today to book your appointment online.