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“LONG COVID” COULD AFFECT A BILLION IN JUST A FEW YEARS. Long Covid may already affect 7 and 23 MILLION IN UNITED STATES. “The brain controls mood, mental health, and cognition, and things like pain,” he says. “So one person, with one organ system affected can result in anxiety, depression, cognitive issues, and headaches.” million Americans who previously HAD the VIRUS.

  • Alert date May 9, 2022

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    LONG COVID

    A difficult condition to define

    So, just what is Long COVID?

    Good question—researchers are still trying to figure it out. So, it depends on whom you talk to.

    “For me, Long COVID is fatigue, chest discomfort, cognitive issues that can’t be explained by anything else,” he says.

    But it can be more than that—much more, depending on the patient. Long COVID can involve a mysterious “grab bag” of symptoms that vary depending on what organ systems were affected by the virus, Galiasatos says.

    “The brain controls mood, mental health, and cognition, and things like pain,” he says. “So one person, with one organ system affected can result in anxiety, depression, cognitive issues, and headaches.”

    But another organ system, like the musculoskeletal system, can result in different symptoms like bone aches or burning, tightness in the chest, joint pain, and muscle spasms.

    It seems like most any ailment—from ear numbness, a sensation of “brain on fire,” and hallucinations—could be symptoms of Long COVID, according to a landmark July study published in British medical journal The Lancet.

    The symptoms can persist following the initial onset, or come and go over time, the organization says, adding that a diagnosis of Long COVID usually wouldn’t be made until three months after acute illness.

    The World Health Organization defines Long COVID as a condition that occurs in someone who had COVID, with symptoms that cannot be explained by another diagnosis, that last for two months or more.

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