As the coronavirus pandemic rolls on, an unknown number of seemingly recovered patients are experiencing what is being called post-Covid syndrome — weeks or months of profound fatigue, fevers, problems with concentration and memory, dizzy spells, hair loss, and many other troubling symptoms.
Losing the ability to smell or taste are two of the symptoms associated with Covid-19. But while many have regained their senses, for others it has turned into a phenomenon called parosmia, leaving them trapped in a world of distorted scents.
This post answers some important question about long haulers. In essence some people experience symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, joint pain, chest pain, cough. These symptoms are not related to the severity of the infection.
“Wait. I can catch Covid twice?” my 50-year-old patient asked in disbelief. It was the beginning of July, and he had just tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, for a second time — three months after a previous infection. While there’s still much we don’t understand about immunity to this new illness, a small but growing number of cases like his suggest the answer is “yes.”
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, “the assumption was that
people would get better, and then it was over,” Peluso says. “But we
know from lots of other viral infections that there is almost always a
subset of people who experience longer-term consequences.” He explains
these can be due to damage to the body during the initial illness, the
result of lingering viral infection, or because of complex immunological
responses that occur after the initial disease.