COVID-19 : What is persistent or long-lasting Covid?

Beyond having contracted Covid-19 and being hospitalized, there are a number of people who, after passing it and normally not requiring hospitalization, continue with many symptoms until months later. It is what is called as Persistent Covid or long-lasting, and goes by many other names as well. WHO has already recognized that this exists and has an established profile.

Apparently this persistent covid usually affects a woman who media is 43 years old and it is more than 185 days suffering from symptoms, out of a range of 200. This is a growing problem that many people have to face on a daily basis because the disease has left them these sequelae that do not just go away and are even more pronounced weeks later .

What do you mean?

The Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians (SEMG) reports that the definition of persistent Covid is not well established, but refers to the persistence of symptoms that are justified by acute infection of the disease, generally related to multiple organs or systems and that go beyond a certain period.

The symptoms

A survey by the Spanish Society of General and Family Physicians (SEMG) reveals that there are up to 200 different persistent symptoms, although they are 87 the most repeated by the participants and these are: the most frequent are fatigue / asthenia (95.91%); general malaise (95.47%); headaches (86.53%); low mood (86.21%); muscle pain or myalgia (82.77%); shortness of breath or dyspnea (79.28%); joint pain (79%); lack of concentration / attention deficit (78.24%).

Back pain (77.7%); chest pressure (76.83%); anxiety (75.46%); low-grade fever (75%); cough (73.2%); memory failures (72.63%); neck / cervical pain (71.32%); diarrhea (70.83%); chest pain (70.12%); palpitations (69.85%); dizziness (69.36%); and tingling in the extremities or paresthesias (67.28%) are other common.

At what point are the symptoms considered sequelae?

According to the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine, when symptoms that were from the first moment of infection they do not cure or symptoms appear new ones related to complications that occur, such as after thrombotic phenomena, or heart conditions (myopericarditis).

Although this time has not yet been established exactly and it is better to refer to the foreseeable duration of the acute stage of the disease. The society speaks of 3 weeks in a non-serious infection and 6-8 weeks in the case of infections that have required hospitalization, without entering the ICU.

A large part of the people who suffer from this growing problem when they caught Covid, they didn’t have to go to the hospitalThey were not admitted, intubated or in the ICU. But some have had to go later and after the illness to treat these persistent symptoms.