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Savannah Brooks has been an athlete all her life. He loves kickboxing and has trained in mixed martial arts.
But in April, a 30-year-old Minneapolis woman tested positive for COVID-19. It wasn’t sick enough to get him hospitalized. However, prolonged fatigue and a racing heartbeat that tracks the mildest forces mean that he is now leaning on a wheelchair to walk around.
For someone with a “picture of health,” post-COVID medical problems are frustrating and worrying. Especially difficult: not knowing how long it will last. “I think if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone,” Brooks told the editorial.
Praiseworthy, Brooks spoke openly about his health problems. His last twitter thread The provision of important public services has gone viral. Although many people have misdiagnosed the risk of COVID in healthy people, the history of this vaccine in Minnesota shows how little is known about the virus, especially its long-term health effects.
Experts such as the Doctor of the Mayo Clinic. Greg Vanichkachorn rang the bell about the number of people struggling with chronic problems, even though the illness was mild. A new muscular analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscores the need to address these concerns.
The CDC report focused on post-COVID conditions among Americans aged 18 and older who survived the virus. Researchers relied on an electronic health record system that contained 63.4 million unique adult records in 50 states. The data included those who were diagnosed in an inpatient, emergency, or outpatient setting, or who had positive tests. Disadvantages: Vaccine status is not included in the analysis.
Two critical points emerged.
- A significant percentage of adult COVID survivors experience what the CDC calls “incidents” that may be related to this infection.
- The severity or duration of these conditions can affect a person’s quality of life and ability to work.
The study divided adults into two age groups: 18-64 and 65 and older. It made sense to do so. Elderly people are most at risk of dying from COVID, and those in this test are more likely to be exposed to long-term conditions. A quarter of survivors over the age of 65 “experienced at least one incident that could have been associated with a previous COVID-19.”
However, the gap between them and the young survivors was narrower than expected. One in five Americans aged 18-64 has experienced a “story state.”
The study includes a list of 26 possible infections. The range of organs and functions that can be affected is astounding: heart attack, arrhythmia, pulmonary embolism, chronic kidney disease, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders, sleep problems, as well as asthma and other respiratory symptoms.
“The most common incidents in both age groups were respiratory symptoms and musculoskeletal disorders,” the study said.
Overall, “COVID-19 survivors are at twice the risk of developing pulmonary embolism or respiratory conditions” than those who are not infected.
Mayo Vanichkajorn, who has been treating patients with chronic COVID, told the editor that the scope of the study raises concerns in the medical community about the number of people affected. In addition, he said, the findings should help patients in need to receive the care they need.
Doctors are now learning more about the dangers. Research should also help to convince patients to care, even if others, especially young ones, are skeptical. “It’s not something that happened to anyone,” Vanichkachor said.
Medical care for post-COVID conditions generally requires a comprehensive approach. It includes treatment of symptoms, as well as physical therapy and other rehabilitation services. Attempts to hasten a return to normal have often backfired, Vanichkachor said.
Politicians should also be involved. COVID is so prevalent that millions of people are now struggling with medical needs. This affects health care capacity, families and the labor force. Thoughtful preparation is essential to address these challenges and help patients like Savannah Brooks.