Northwestern Medicine: COVID long-haulers show symptoms more than a year after infection


CHICAGO (SCS) — People who get a mild case of COVID usually recover within a week or two.

But a new study from Northwestern Medicine found that long-haul COVIDs are still struggling with symptoms 15 months after their initial infection.

The study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology found that fatigue, brain fog, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears and numbness were still big problems for patients . even though they have never been hospitalized with COVID.

Northwestern researchers found that the sense of taste and smell improved for long haul after six to nine months. but they had more problems with heart rate, blood pressure and gastrointestinal symptoms.

Patrick Malia is a study patient. The West Dundee resident said COVID brain fog sometimes makes him forget how to get to work in the morning.

“It was like walking around the concussion for nine moments, at that time. And now it’s been almost two years since I feel like I’ve been walking around the concussion,” Malia said. .

The researchers were surprised by the persistence of the late effects of COVID. Northwestern has handled nearly 1,400 long-haul COVIDs.


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