Who has the highest risk of long COVID? It’s complicated

‘Long-COVID’ is an awful sequela of COVID-19 and researchers don’t yet have an official definition for it, and its symptoms range widely from general symptoms to respiratory and heart symptoms, neurological symptoms, digestive symptoms, and other symptoms. It is mostly diagnosed with symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, or heart problems more than four weeks after COVID-19 onset. Moreover, people seem to be getting ‘Long-COVID’ at a disproportionate rate and the risk factors are vaguely known.

Hints on who’s at risk are accumulating with studies suggesting women, elderly and COVID-19 patients who had more than five symptoms in the first week of infection or had preexisting health conditions such as asthma being more likely to develop ‘Long-COVID’.

Since COVID-19 is not just one disease impacting the lungs, heart, or brain, and ‘Long-COVID’ encompasses such a wide range of symptoms, Scientists think it will take time to uncover the risk factors and risk groups. As of now, keeping away from the infection by following preventative measures and completing the vaccination seems to be the only way to avoid the chances of ‘Long-COVID’.

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