They're called "long-haulers".
"We're now seeing a percentage of patients whose symptoms seem to be lasting a while. This is challenging because everyone's needs are so unique. We're finding that collaborating as a team between different specialists helps to manage and support these patients, but there's a lot that we just don't know yet."
The report's lead author, Dr. Elaine Maxwell, said:
"We believe that the term long Covid is being used as a catch-all for more than one syndrome, possibly up to four, and that the lack of distinction between these syndromes may explain the challenges people are having in being believed and accessing services."
NIHR identified four patient subsets.
Then there's organ damage.
Breathlessness, persistent coughing, and racing pulse could be symptoms of lingering lung or heart damage.
A recent study discovered that six weeks after leaving the hospital about half of Covid patients still experienced difficulty breathing. At 12 weeks, it was 39%.
About a third of patients--even those with mild infections--sustained heart damage.
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