It's been a year-and-a-half since COVID-19 started wreaking havoc on the world, and while the infection rate continues to drop, there are still many people experiencing the after-effects of the devastating virus. Now, a new major study involving the health insurance records of nearly two million people in the United States who tested positive for the virus last year, has found 23 percent sought medical treatment for new conditions at least 30 days post infection. According to their findings, long COVID impacted men and women of all ages—including children—and even people who didn't realize they had the virus in the first place. Long COVID hit almost half of patients who were hospitalized, 27 percent of people who experienced mild or moderate symptoms, and 19 percent who were asymptomatic. Are you a long hauler and not even know it? Read on for the most common manifestations of long COVID—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
The most common issue reported by patients seeking medical care was pain. Nerve inflammation and aches and pains associated with nerves and muscles were reported by more than 5 percent of patients, or nearly 100,000 people, equating to more than 20 percent of those who reported post-Covid problems.
Many post-Covid patients also experienced breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath, also a common manifestation of the initial infection itself. In total 3.5 percent of patients checked this box.
Malaise or Fatigue
Malaise and fatigue were also a common manifestation, with almost 3 percent of patients seeking treatment for everything from brain fog to exhaustion worsening after physical or mental activity.
New cholesterol issues were also common, especially for adults in the 40s and 50s. About 3 percent of post-COVID patients reported high cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure
Newly elevated blood pressure was also reported. About 2.4 percent of post-COVID patients experienced high blood pressure.
A little over 2 percent of post-COVID patients reported suffering from anxiety.
A little over 2 percent also experienced intestinal issues, which can include loss of appetite, nausea and diarrhea. And to get through life at your healthiest, don't miss these First Signs You Have a Serious Illness.