Long COVID comes in three forms: study – The Hill

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  • New research from scientists at King’s College London supports the idea that there are three different types of prolonged COVID, each with its own symptoms.

  • Researchers studied more than 1,000 people suffering from post-COVID syndrome and found that there are three different subtypes of the condition.

  • The first subtype consisted of respiratory symptoms, the second neurological, and the third autoimmune.

There are three different types of prolonged COVID, all with their own set of symptoms, according to the researchers.

In a new preprint study, meaning it has not yet been peer-reviewed, on MedRxiv, a site that distributes unpublished research in the health sciences, scientists from King’s College London analyzed the experiences of thousands of people around the world. the UK who were infected with the virus.

The researchers focused on 1,459 people living with post-COVID syndrome, which the study’s creators defined as having symptoms for at least 12 weeks after becoming infected with the virus, and were able to place patients into three “symptom profiles.” main.


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PCS patients, also known colloquially as long-term COVID patients, in the first group suffered from respiratory symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath or palpitations.

The second group was made up of long-term COVID patients who experienced neurological symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, poor memory and headaches, which the researchers said were experienced more frequently among those who had been infected with the alpha or delta variants, according to the study.

The third group was made up of people who had an immune-related response, the study says.

According to Census Bureau data, more than 7 percent of all US adults are currently experiencing symptoms of prolonged COVID. But while thousands of people have the condition, not much is known about how to treat it.

Although more work is needed to confirm the study’s findings, it does offer insight into the complexities of the virus and its impact on human health.

“These insights could aid in the development of personalized diagnoses and treatments, as well as help policymakers plan care for people living with the post-COVID syndrome,” the study states.


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Posted on August 03, 2022

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