In the fight against the corona pandemic, the main focus is currently on vaccines and research into new virus variants. But according to WHO expert Janet Diaz, research on the long-term consequences of some corona infections, which are summarized under the catchphrase “Long Covid”, is just as important. “We still haven’t fully figured out what Long Covid is,” Diaz said in an interview in Geneva.
Significantly, there is still no official name for the occurrence of long-term consequences after a corona infection – although millions of people suffer from them, are chronically tired, for example, or they quickly run out of breath. For the time being, the WHO speaks of a “post-Covid constitution”, but terms such as post-acute Covid syndrome are also used.
Difficult way back
A Puls4 local inspection at the Corona rehab in Styria shows that recovery after a “long covid” illness can be long and rocky. Most often, the disease affects lung function: everyday tasks appear like running a marathon.
Exercise can improve lung function, but chronic fatigue or even depression can reduce the quality of life for a long time.
That is why there is also an appeal from the “Long Covid” patients: “Masks and distance hurt, but they can perhaps protect the lives of others.” But it is also clear to them: Those who have not experienced the disease firsthand can address their concerns
It is estimated that every tenth Covid patient suffers from symptoms that last longer than a month. Chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle weakness and pain all over the body are particularly common. In addition, there are psychological complaints such as depression and anxiety.