The long-term symptoms that patients complain about include: fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, and chest pain. Other issues include cognitive problems, difficulty concentrating, depression, muscle pain, headache, rapid heartbeat, and intermittent fever.
Who will have long-term effects of COVID-19?
Most COVID-19 symptoms cease within a couple of weeks; however, some health issues can go on for months.
While we know that individuals with certain risk factors (high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, etc.) are more likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people with these risk factors will also have long-term effects. Long-term symptoms may affect those who only had mild symptoms during the acute period of the virus. More studies have to be done to figure out why some people experience these long-term symptoms.
How can I prevent long-term COVID symptoms?
The best way to avoid post-COVID-19 complications is to prevent infection with the coronavirus in the first place. Practicing coronavirus precautions and getting a COVID-19 vaccine are effective ways to avoid getting COVID-19.
If you are experiencing post-COVID-19 symptoms, be sure to follow up with your doctor or see one of our experienced providers at any of our over 50 clinics. For your convenience, you may walk-in or reserve a time online. It is important to rule out other problems, such as cardiac issues and lung disease.