With over 200 symptoms of long COVID identified, the condition does not limit itself to the previously believed respiratory disorders. The SARS-CoV-2 virus is now believed to find sanctuary in distant locations of our bodies, where our defenses are not as vigilant – resulting in persistent infections, the full scope of which we are yet to decipher.
Knowing the number of infections and deaths that COVID-19 caused is just half the puzzle solved, especially when a troop of symptoms known as “sequelae” can linger for years after the initial infection.
However, this study does not capture all the manifestations of long COVID – with the condition being associated with over 200 symptoms.
Other commonly reported symptoms of long COVID include muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Some patients may also experience damage to the heart, lungs, or other organs.
As more COVID patients reported struggling with brain fog even months after the infection, studies identified its prevalence to be up to 30 percent in long COVID patients.
These cases rapidly shifted the attention of researchers, with many now identifying long COVID as a neurological condition whose long-term implications we are yet to know — but one which may cause long-term difficulties with memory and reasoning.