According to a study published Tuesday in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, a huge percentage of Covid-19 patients who were never sick enough to be hospitalized have ongoing, and in some cases debilitating, thinking issues.
The study is based on an examination of 100 Covid-19 "long-hauler" patients with symptoms that have persisted at least six weeks, according to Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. All of them had a minor ailment at first: a sore throat, a cough, and a low-grade temperature.
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Yet, once the acute illness subsided, 85 percent of those surveyed reported at least four long-term neurological issues that had impacted their everyday lives.
"Brain fog" was by far the most commonly reported symptom, with 81 percent of responders having continuous memory and thinking problems.
Sixty-eight percent had headaches, and more than half reported loss of taste and smell, numbness or tingling, and muscle pain.
The majority of the participants were women, with an average age of 43. Dizziness, blurred vision, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) were less prevalent symptoms.
Symptoms would come and go over several months. The majority of patients, but not all, improve over time. At five months, only 64% said they felt better, yet the vast majority still experienced "intense fatigue."
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Despite the fact that this was a tiny research, it demonstrates what millions of individuals may face in the coming months. About to 30% of the more than 30 million Americans who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 are expected to have long-term problems. That might be up to ten million individuals.
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Long-term Covid-19 has the ability to damage several organs in the body, including the lungs, heart, kidneys, and skin, as well as the gastrointestinal, neurological, and endocrine systems, according to a review of research released Monday.
Prior to their Covid-19 long-haul symptoms, 42% of the participants had had depression or anxiety, and 16% had an autoimmune condition.
&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&;&. ‘We’re attempting to figure out how to best monitor and treat these people, but more research is needed.’
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Erika Edwards is a reporter and writer for NBC News and "TODAY." who specializes in health and medical news