According to London experts, there are more than 200 symptoms of long-term Covid, and more than nine out of ten persons suffer from the sickness for more than eight months.
The findings of an worldwide survey sponsored by University College London sparked proposals for the United Kingdom to implement a countrywide screening program for long-term Covid.
Long Covid affects 962,000 people, with an estimated 385,000 suffering for more than a year, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Long Covid induced symptoms in 10 organ systems in the human body, according to today’s research, the largest global study of “long haulers” to date, with 3,762 participants from 56 nations.
Fatigue, post-exertional malaise (the exacerbation of symptoms after physical or mental exertion), and cognitive impairment, also known as brain fog, were the most common symptoms.
Visual hallucinations, tremors, itchy skin, changes in menstrual cycle, sexual dysfunction, heart palpitations, bladder control troubles, shingles, memory loss, blurred vision, diarrhoea, and tinnitus were among the other symptoms.
The researchers are proposing for clinical guidelines on assessing long Covid to be greatly broadened beyond the now recommended cardiovascular and respiratory function testing to include neuropsychiatric, neurological, and exercise intolerance symptoms in addition to the already recommended cardiovascular and respiratory function tests.
They also asked for the implementation of a national screening program to avoid thousands of people from “suffering in silence” without receiving a diagnosis.
“We have gone straight to ‘long haulers throughout the world in order to provide a foundation of evidence for medical inquiry, enhancement of care, and advocacy for the long Covid community,” stated senior author Dr Athena Akrami, a neuroscientist at UCL’s Sainsbury Wellcome Institute.
“This is the most extensive description of chronic Covid symptoms to date,” according to the study, which was published in the Lancets E-Clinical Medicine. The chances of symptoms lasting longer than 35 weeks (eight months) were 91.8 percent in the study.
Exercise, physical or mental activity, and stress were the key triggers for nearly 90% of those who reported relapses.
At the time of the poll, 45 percent of respondents had to cut their workload, and 22.3 percent were not working at all.