What is ‘long haul’ COVID-19? Doctor describes patients’ ‘crushing headaches,’ ‘cognitive symptoms’ after recovery

What is ‘long haul’ COVID-19? Doctor describes patients’ ‘crushing headaches,’ ‘cognitive symptoms’ after recovery

SAN FRANCISCO — Fears about COVID-19, dubbed "long-haul," are mounting.

After a person has overcome the infection, they may experience lasting and often dangerous effects.

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According to a recent medical study, one out of every three coronavirus survivors is experiencing significant neurological problems.

Dr. Joanna Hellmuth, a neurologist at UCSF in San Francisco, adds, "People are getting crushing headaches, individuals are having cognitive issues.". Dr. Hellmuth is discussing some of the ‘long-haul’ symptoms, or long-term problems, that her COVID-19 survivor patients are experiencing right now.


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According to a recent study, one-third of people who received Covid-19 are now suffering from a "brain disorder," which can include anxiety, mood disorders, and in rare circumstances, strokes. Dr. Hellmuth says her patients experience a variety of long-term symptoms, including headaches, vertigo, ringing in the ears, and a condition in which a person’s blood pressure isn’t adequately controlled and they pass out.

Due to these long-haul hazards, Stanford’s Grace Lee thinks coronavirus measures and immunizations are equally as crucial.

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‘The long-haul COVID could have a significant influence on people, and it will primarily affect young adults,’ adds Dr. Lee.

Teenagers are among Dr. Hellmuth’s patients who are struggling with these challenges. Many coronavirus survivors responded to our Facebook post on the subject. Crystal said she’s getting the vaccine because of "concerns regarding these persistent side effects." Maria mentioned "daily headaches and Vertigo."
&;I have patients who received Covid 19 over a year ago in early March 2020 who developed cognitive symptoms when they were acutely unwell and who still have them, who have not gotten better,&; adds Dr. Hellmuth, who is actively working with colleagues in the medical community to figure out what is causing these symptoms so that they may better help people who are experiencing them.

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