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It’s the ‘most common’ problem after contracting COVID, expert says – Eat This Not That

It's the 'most common' problem after contracting COVID, expert says - Eat This Not That
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COVID-19[feminine] has become something we have to learn to live with. Although health experts are hesitant to call it an endemic disease, that’s how many local officials are treating it, abandoning preventative health policies such as mask mandates and vaccine requirements for the entry to events. While the disease has certainly become more treatable, thanks to vaccines and antiviral drugs, a significant risk remains, no matter how severe your COVID case is. This is an increasingly common problem of having COVID. Read on to learn more and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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A new report in the New York Times says 10-30% of people infected with COVID-19 will develop ‘long COVID’, a wide range of symptoms – including breathing problems, fatigue and neurological symptoms like brain fog – that persist for months after the virus has cleared the body and indeed can vary from inconvenient to debilitating. The General Accounting Office estimates that between 8 and 23 million Americans have developed long COVID. Long COVID has been known since the first months of the pandemic. Which may be surprising: A new study found that in a survey, 75% of people who developed long COVID had relatively mild illness — they never got sick enough to be hospitalized — and most of them were in their prime.

These COVID symptoms will make your daily life impossible, study finds
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the study, conducted by a nonprofit group focused on health care costs, analyzed tens of thousands of private health insurance claims in the first four months after the creation of a special code to designate a long COVID-related health condition, from October 2021 to January 2022.

“The new study adds to a growing body of evidence that, while patients who have been hospitalized are at greater risk of long-term COVID, people with mild or moderate initial coronavirus infections – who make up the vast majority of coronavirus patients – may still experience debilitating post-COVID symptoms, including respiratory problems, extreme fatigue, and cognitive and memory issues,” said the Time mentioned.

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The study also revealed that

  • Women were more likely than men to be diagnosed with long-term COVID-related health conditions. Women made up 60% of the study group with this diagnosis, and men 40%.
  • People between the ages of 36 and 50 were the most likely to receive a long-term diagnosis of COVID.
  • The most common long COVID problems reported included breathing abnormalities, coughing, and feeling unwell or tired.

Although nearly two-thirds of people who reported lengthy COVID symptoms had pre-existing conditions. But nearly a third didn’t – they were previously healthy.

“The findings suggest a potentially staggering impact of the long COVID on people in their prime and on society as a whole,” said the Time mentioned.

Last December, Congress appropriated $1.5 billion over four years for the National Institutes of Health to study long COVID. During a White House briefing in February, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, referred to reports that 30% of people infected with COVID-19 could develop long COVID. “somewhat alarming”.

Studies have shown that vaccination reduces the risk of prolonged COVIDsame after being infected.

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Follow the basics and help end this pandemic, wherever you live: get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with low vaccination rate, wear an N95 facial maskdo not travel, socially distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and that of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a New York-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview and many others. Read more

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