COVID-19 is one of the most complex viruses that infectious disease experts have ever studied. Not only do infections vary in severity, with some people never experiencing a single symptom while others get so sick they end up on a ventilator or in the morgue, but there are also people who barely get sick at all, only to end up suffering for several months on end or even indefinitely. The medical world has come to refer to these people as "long-haulers," and they are some of the most perplexing COVID cases of all. At the 90th anniversary of the AAP's National Conference&Exhibition, keynote speaker Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed a few of the symptoms being reported by these long-term COVID sufferers. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
First of all, Fauci Says the Symptoms are Persistent
"I have never seen a disease range from asymptomatic to mild to fatal like this one," Fauci admitted during his speech. While he explained that the most severe cases can result in a myriad of damage—including acute kidney injury, cardiac dysfunction, sudden death from congestive heart failure—he touched upon the small group of survivors who aren't seeming to recover.
"There's also what was called long haulers or a syndrome after the virus is cleared where people have persistent post viral syndromes that are manifested by a variety of symptoms," he revealed.
The first symptom mentioned by Dr. Fauci as a sign of long-hauler infection is fatigue.
According to a Long Hauler Symptoms Survey conducted by Dr. Natalie Lambert, a feeling of chronic fatigue is the most common long hauler symptom, reported by nearly every single one of the 1,567-plus people surveyed.
A general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify is the next long hauler symptom revealed by Dr. Fauci.
For many long haulers, their fever fails to subside along with their infection. About 28 percent of long haulers reported a prolonged fever as one of their symptoms.
Shortness of Breath
Due to respiratory damage, long haulers often suffer from shortness of breath for months on end. According to the survey 1,020 out of 1,567 reported this symptom.
Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat is a common ailment of long haulers. According to the survey, 509 people reported irregular or erratic heartbeat.
Dr. Fauci reveals that many people experience brain fog, or a "vague, inability to focus and to concentrate." A whopping 924 of those surveyed—about 59%—reported this debilitating symptom. As for yourself, if you experience any of the symptoms, contact a medical professional ASAP, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.