Many people now view COVID-19 as a near-daily inconvenience, similar to influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, or other seasonal infections. But four years after reports of the new respiratory illness surfaced and sparked a massive response among researchers, the after-effects of the disease (commonly referred to as Long Covid) are still being discussed by doctors. It continues to baffle patients alike.
“We know a lot about this particular coronavirus,” said Francesca Beaudoin, chair of epidemiology at Brown University. “That doesn’t add up to understanding the long-term effects of infection.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 7% of Americans experience lingering symptoms after enduring COVID-19, including fatigue, difficulty breathing, brain fog, joint pain, and ongoing loss of taste and smell. He reported that he suffered from. . However, there is still no clearly defined cause or treatment for this syndrome.
Beaudouin and colleagues say the cost of this lack of understanding is significant, creating a new and significant burden on the health care system, as people report restrictions on their daily activities, including working.