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Sure Signs You May Have Post-Acute COVID Syndrome, Says MD

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While COVID restrictions have been lifted and the virus isn’t dominating the news like it did last year, the pandemic isn’t over and experts still recommend taking safety precautions to avoid catching COVID. Although many people do recover within a few days, everyone responds differently to the virus and anyone can be at risk for Long COVID. Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies tells us, “According to the CDC, 1 in 13 people has symptoms of long COVID, defined as having symptoms of the virus 3 or 4 months after contracting it. However, it is important to remember that not everyone’s experience with the coronavirus is the same, so the discussion of post-acute COVID is essential.” She adds, “Some people may have only mild or no symptoms, while others may experience more severe illness. Even after recovery, some people may experience side effects from the virus. These ‘long haulers,’ as sometimes called, may suffer from fatigue, shortness of breath, and other issues for weeks or even months after infection. While most people will eventually recover from the virus and return to their everyday lives, it is essential to be aware of the potential long-term effects of the disease.” Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

1What to Know About COVID Right Now

Dr. Mitchell says, “COVID-19 has been a part of our lives for a few years now, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. For many of us, the initial shock of the pandemic has worn off, and we have settled into a new normal. We have learned to live with the virus and made peace with its presence in our lives. It is now simply a nuisance. We go about our days, taking the necessary precautions but otherwise living our lives as best we can. This is not to say that we are not still affected by the pandemic – the virus has had a profound impact on all of us – but we have made our peace with it. We will continue to live with it until we can finally put it behind us.”

What is Post-Acute COVID Syndrome?

Dr. Mitchell explains, “Post-Acute COVID Syndrome (PACS) is a condition that can occur after someone has recovered from COVID-19. While the exact cause is unknown, it is thought to be related to the body’s inflammatory response to the virus. PACS can cause many symptoms, including fatigue, brain fog, chest pain, and gastrointestinal issues. Some people also report feeling “long-haulers,” which means that they continue to experience symptoms for months after their initial infection. While there is no specific treatment for PACS, most people recover with time and self-care. However, some people may require hospitalization or long-term care. If you think you may have PACS, it is essential to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment.”

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