COVID-19 long haulers: What you need to know

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In this video, Andrea Levine, MD, says doctors treating COVID-19 patients are now seeing a range of symptoms that continue in some patients well after they have recovered from their initial infection.

This is a phenomenon called post-acute COVID-19 syndrome or long COVID; the patients are known as COVID long haulers.

Common signs and symptoms that linger over time include:

Fatigue. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Cough. Joint pain. Chest pain. Memory, concentration or sleep problems. Muscle pain or headache. Fast or pounding heartbeat. Loss of smell or taste. Depression or anxiety. Fever. Dizziness when you stand. Worsened symptoms after physical or mental activities

Although COVID-19 is seen as a disease that primarily affects the lungs, it can also damage many other organs, including the heart, kidneys and brain.

Organ damage may lead to health complications that linger after COVID-19 illness.

In some people, lasting health effects may include long-term breathing problems, heart complications, chronic kidney impairment, stroke and Guillain-Barre syndrome — a condition that causes temporary paralysis

Dr. Levine is a pulmonary and critical care specialist who runs a post-COVID-19 clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Disclaimer: Any information on diseases and treatments available at this video is intended for general guidance only and must never be considered a substitute for the advice provided by your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care professional with questions you may have regarding your medical condition.

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