Over the last three years, the term Covid has been a common popular word. Then came the expression ‘long covid’. What exactly is the meaning?
Generally, the data about covid-19 and the associated long covid is still at the young stage of development but below is what is so far known.
As explained by the John Hopkins Medicines, coronaviruses are a type of virus and there are many different kinds, and some cause disease.
A coronavirus identified in 2019, SARS-CoV-2, has caused a pandemic of respiratory illness, called COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization, Long COVID is the term used to describe the chronic fatigue that persists after confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection, and which was not present prior. Sometimes it can last weeks, but often it can last months.
Some have thought of long COVID as another form of chronic fatigue. Those who have existing medical conditions and then contract COVID-19 tend to have a much harder road to recovery, or COVID could make their condition worse, depending on such condition.
Long COVID can also include a multitude of ailments afflicting people for a period of time after having contracted COVID, such as breathing difficulties or cognitive dysfunction like confusion, forgetfulness or lack of clarity.
A persistent loss of the sense of taste and smell has also been commonly reported.
Get to know more about Covid-19 and Long Covid by connecting with your communities and daily educating yourself. Community United working with Utulivu women, ACRE, and other organizations champion the Long Covid conversations in the community. Get to know them more.
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