“Long Covid” Now Has More Than 200 Documented Symptoms

Long Covid — or post-COVID conditions — is a wide range of new, returning or ongoing health problems people may experience more than four weeks after being first infected with SARS-CoV-2.

Long Covid now has more than 200 documented symptoms. Fully vaccinated and boosted individuals can be reinfected with variants as seemingly harmless as Omicron and still get Long Covid. While their chance of getting Long Covid is substantially less, it does occur.

There is no disagreement that getting vaccinated is a personal choice. I chose to get vaccinated twice and boosted twice, but what I am most wary of is getting Long Covid. It’s similar to having Chicken Pox, getting over the illness, and having some of the virus hide out in your nerve channels and come back as Shingles years later.

I suffered from years of painful Shingles that appeared regularly until there was a vaccine.

I found this article while searching for Long Covid. It will describe what Long Covid can do, so you can evaluate the risks and protection as a caregiver for yourself, your family, or as a family caregiver or a professional caregiver: Click here to see her story

Two years, three bouts of covid and 11 doctors later, no one seems to know why Lindsay Polega is still so ill.

She’s only 28 years old and was the picture of health before her infections. Polega, who graduated from law school last year, is now suffering from chest pain, hypertensive spikes, hand numbness and numerous other symptoms.

Her life has become a series of doctor’s appointments crisscrossing the towns around her home in St. Petersburg, Fla.: Her primary-care physician sent her to an immunologist. The immunologist referred her to a cardiologist. The cardiologist sent her to a nephrologist and an endocrinologist. The endocrinologist thought she might learn more from a neurologist. But when the neurologist’s tests failed to find any potential cause, Polega was sent back to the immunologist.

At one point, one of her doctors — flummoxed by medical science’s inability to explain what was going on — advised her to consider isolating at home indefinitely in the hope that might help her avoid triggers for illness.

“I wonder, ‘Is this going to be the rest of my life?’” Polega said. “I can’t live in my room forever. That’s not a good answer. That’s not treatment.”

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