"CLEVELAND, Ohio — Roughly a third of adults who get COVID-19 report having had
what is considered long COVID. And months after the initial infection, a
staggering number of those who haven’t recovered - up to 80% - have some
trouble carrying out their daily activities.
A Brookings report from August said a conservative estimate was that 16 million
people were suffering from long COVID-19 at that time. The CDC says it may be
as high as 19 million adults.
But whether 16 million or 19 million, one thing is clear: there’s a lot of
them. Here in Cleveland and across the country, scientists and doctors are
trying to figure out what’s wrong and how to help them.
The symptoms that fall under the long COVID umbrella include everything from a
persistent loss of taste and smell to fatigue so disabling that the affected
person is unable to return to work or daily life. In between, there are reports
of brain fog, headaches, chronic gastrointestinal issues, increased incidence
of diabetes, blood clots, heart arrhythmias and intolerance to exercise.
To the untrained eye, the list of symptoms is dizzying and appears specific to
each individual patient.
However, behind the scenes, and thus far largely out of media fanfare,
researchers and clinicians have doggedly made strides in not only classifying
and defining what long COVID is, but also in identifying the underlying
mechanism of the disorder and how they might treat it.
One of the largest centers of research is right here in our own back yard at
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and MetroHealth System."
Via Diane A.
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics