Main Campus – Doctors say that ‘Long COVID’, sometimes referred to as the
ongoing sickness after infection, may not be one syndrome but possibly up to
four causing a rollercoaster of symptoms affecting all parts of the body and
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in an initial report about
long-term COVID-19, said one common theme among ongoing COVID patients - some
of whom are seven months or more into their illness - is that symptoms appear
in one physiological area, such as the heart or lungs, only to abate and then
arise again in a different area.
review highlights the detrimental physical and psychological impact that
ongoing COVID is having on many people's lives," said Dr Elaine Maxwell,
who led the report.
from a King’s College London-devised symptom tracker app, according to UK-based
patient group LongCovidSOS, shows that 10% of COVID-19 patients remain unwell
after three weeks, and up to 5% may continue to be sick for months.
Maxwell, who presented the findings of the "Living with COVID" report
in an online media briefing, said health services are already struggling
"to manage these new and fluctuating patterns of symptoms and
and her co-authors have urged patients and doctors to log and track symptoms so
that health researchers can learn more about the condition and how to ease it
as swiftly as possible.
this is a new disease and we are learning more about its impact..., services
will need to be better equipped to support people with ongoing COVID, as
emerging evidence is showing there are significant psychological and social
impacts that will have long term consequences," the report conclusively