Every day, more and more Americans are identifying as “long haulers,” or suffering from post-acute COVID syndrome. This group of people fail to fully recover from their initial COVID-19 infection, and suffer from symptoms for months and months on end. Strangely enough, many of their initial infections were mild to moderate, with some not even knowing they had COVID in the first place. Earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, outlined all the most common symptoms that long haulers experience, outlined some of the most common symptoms of long hauler syndrome during a discussion sponsored by Columbia University. Read on to learn more about it, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
You May Have Severe Fatigue
Dr. Fauci revealed that serious exhaustion is one of the top complaints of long haulers. “We have been investigating and learning more and more about an interesting COVID-19 post COVID 19 syndrome of individuals who recover from clinically recognizable disease who go on to have variable periods from weeks to months and possibly longer of lingering symptoms,” he explained, naming fatigue as one of the most common initial indicators of an initial infection. However, while many people get their energy back, a good portion of long haulers do not.
You May Have Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is another initial COVID symptom that is all too common, and one that can plague long haulers for months. "We know that COVID-19 attacks the lungs, causing inflammation. This may leave survivors with persistent shortness of breath," Hackensack Meridian Health reported.
You May Have Weakness
Body aches and pains as well as weakness or numbness in limbs is another common sign of long hauler syndrome, per Dr. Fauci.
You May Have Dysautonomia
Dr. Fauci also revealed that dysautonomia, "a dysfunction of the nerves that regulate involuntary body functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, and sweating," per the Mayo Clinic, is also a sign of long hauler syndrome.
You May Have Brain Fog
Brain fog, “or an inability to concentrate or focus,” is another debilitating complaint of long haulers, per Dr. Fauci. During a previous interview he referred to the term as "a nonmedical way of describing a lack of ability to concentrate or to focus." Another great explanation of brain fog was offered by Aluko Hope, a critical care specialist at Montefiore Hospital in New York City, who revealed to Wired that many of his patients experienced memory problems, with approximately one-third forgetting details such as a telephone number, where their keys are, or the basic rules of traffic. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to contact your medical professional, and to avoid getting COVID-19, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.