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Fatigue, loss of smell, organ damage: A range of symptoms plague many COVID-19 victims long after infection

Fatigue, loss of smell, organ damage: A range of symptoms plague many COVID-19 victims long after infection
Together, the National Institutes of Health is referring to the maladies collectively as post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, or simply long COVID. The sufferers are known as long haulers.

Together, the National Institutes of Health is referring to the maladies collectively as post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, or simply long COVID.For now, doctors are treating long COVID symptoms piecemeal — and warning that the virus doesn’t always end in death or recovery.Because of the growing number of long COVID patients, more hospitals are creating outpatient clinics with multiple specialists or expanding centers that initially focused only on patients leaving intensive care units.The medical community also has begun sharing information on the long COVID phenomenon in virtual seminars and journal articles, and patients have taken to social media to form support groups.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website lists the most common long COVID symptoms: fatigue; shortness of breath; headache; cough; joint, chest and muscle pain; intermittent fevers; heart palpitations; inflammation of heart muscles; depression; and difficulty thinking and concentrating.In contrast, long COVID is starting to get recognition during the ongoing pandemic because so many people have it, he said.

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