Long COVID, rest, and helping our immune systems recover

by | Aug 1, 2022 | World

As of July 29, 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) has put the confirmed cases of COVID-19 at more than half a billion and the number of COVID-related deaths at over 6.3 million. In addition to the identified COVID infections or reported cases, there is also a large fraction of covert infections due to a multitude of reasons including asymptomatic infections, barriers to testing and underreporting.But it is not just the acute illness that has an impact on society, nor simply the deaths that have ripple effects within communities. A recent study reports approximately 200 million individuals currently experience or have previously experienced long-term, health-related consequences of COVID-19, which in itself is a significant burden on individuals, families, communities and healthcare systems.
The same study, which was a meta-analysis of many other research papers, showed that a higher percentage of women reported long COVID symptoms than men (49 percent vs 37 percent, respectively) and that pre-existing asthma was a predisposing factor for lingering symptoms. Risk factors identified in the studies that were not meta-analysed included severe initial illness, older age, and underlying conditions such as obesity and hypothyroidism.
The WHO defines long COVID or “post COVID-19 condition” as that which occurs in people with a history of SARS-CoV-2 infection, usually three months from the onset of COVID, with symptoms and that last for at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis. It lists common symptoms as fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction and others that may have an impact on everyday fu …

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