More and more residents in the UAE are reporting lingering symptoms after recovering from the deadly Covid-19 months after–some still feel persistent pain, splitting headache, and chest pain.
This condition, according to reports, is called ‘long haul’ which refers to a condition where a person doesn’t feel fully recovered from their illness even after several months, despite the infection resolving.
Citing the journal of the American Medical Association, 10 percent of Covid-19 survivors become long-haulers.
“Many patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 suffer symptoms months after they clear their life-threatening infection. There seem to be no consistent reasons for this to happen. One theory states that some small amounts of the virus remain in some form. Another theory points out immune system continues to overreact even though the infection has passed. Some researchers state that post-viral syndrome results due to inflammation or other damage that occurs as the immune system fights off an infection,” Dr. Priya Bharat Mahile, Specialist Internal Medicine at Prime Medical Centre-Jumeirah, told Khaleej Times.
According to medics, this is more common in an older age group or patients who were hospitalized or were kept in intensive care during the course of their treatment.
For his part, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Gupta, Specialist Internal Medicine at Burjeel Speciality Hospital-Sharjah, some people who develop lung fibrosis and similar kind of complications might need oxygen support even after testing negative for the virus.
“It has also been found that some people experience weakness in the muscle of lower limbs and would require a wheelchair for mobility,” he added.
He added that the virus affects people differently, though most of them likely to manifest mild or moderate symptoms and recover early, others would take a longer time.
“Others might recover quickly but will continue to manifest symptoms,” he further added.
The most common symptoms manifested by patients who have recovered from the virus include body fatigue, body pain, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, head ache, and fever.