6. Additional Long-Lasting Effects of COVID-19
Some sufferers have also reported heartburn, tremors, acid reflux, and blurry vision. Others have heart problems, sore throat, blood clots, and hair loss.
Researchers have also linked COVID-19 to pulmonary fibrosis, which causes thickened lung tissue and in extreme cases causes the sufferer to require a complete lung transplant. In fact, in America, China, and Austria some sufferers have already had to undergo lung transplants.
Many have persistent fatigue, depression, are unable to achieve a restful night’s sleep, and report myalgia.
5. Psychological Impact of COVID-19
Unlike most viruses and bacterial infections that a person recovers from with no lasting mental problems, COVID-19 appears to lead to psychological issues in many who recover. They feel depressed, suffer anxiety, and even have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is especially true of people who have spent time in the ICU or undergone intubation. It often takes them months to mentally recover.
4. Who Is the Most Likely to Suffer Long-Term Effects of COVID-19?
Anyone who is recovering from COVID-19 can encounter long-term side effects regardless of health or age. However, those who have undergone hospitalization appear to be at an increased risk. The long-term recovery is far slower in such patients and they often have severe lung injuries. Those who are older, have a weakened immune system, or have underlying health conditions are at extreme risk.
Many people who were significantly impacted by the virus continue to struggle even one or two months after their recovery with persistent symptoms.