Researchers have discovered that there appear to be three different types of prolonged COVID, each with its own symptoms.
One group experienced neurological symptoms including fatigue, brain fog and headache, which often affect those who were injured virus When the Alpha and Delta variants were most prevalent, according to experts at King’s College London.
The second group had respiratory problems, including chest pain and severe shortness of breath, which could indicate lung damage.
These symptoms were common among those infected during the first wave of the pandemic.
The latter group struggles with a variety of symptoms including heart palpitations, muscle aches and pains, and changes to the skin and hair.
The three groups of symptoms were seen in all variants, the researchers added.
Two million people in the UK It is estimated that she has been suffering from COVID for a long timethe Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported in June, based on self-reports from a representative sample.
Of those 2 million, 1.4 million said they first contracted the coronavirus, or suspected they had the disease, at least 12 weeks ago, while 826,000 first contracted it at least a year ago.
Another 376,000 people said they did so at first COVID-19 At least two years ago.
To draw their conclusions, the researchers studied 1,459 people living with COVID for a long time who were participating in the Zoe Health study and still had symptoms at least 12 weeks after infection.
Dr Claire Steves, lead clinical author from King’s College London, said: “This data clearly shows that post-COVID syndrome is not just a single condition, but appears to be associated with several subtypes.
Understanding the root causes of these subtypes may help find treatment strategies.
“Moreover, this data underscores the need for COVID Long Services to incorporate a personalized approach that is sensitive to each individual’s issues.”
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“These insights could help advance personalized diagnosis and treatment for these individuals,” added Dr. Lianne Kanas, another author of the study.
According to the ONS, rates of prolonged COVID are highest among women, those aged 35-69, people who live in more disadvantaged areas, those who work in social care, education or health care, and those with health conditions or other disabilities.
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Fatigue is the most common symptom – experienced by 55% of people with long-standing COVID-19 – followed by 32% with shortness of breath, 23% with coughing, and 23% with muscle aches.
A recent study by the University of Birmingham said that symptoms, too These include memory loss, bowel incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and hallucinations.