Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome occurs when COVID-19 patients continue to feel sick or have symptoms of Coronavirus infection even though they have been cured. Ever wonder why can this happen and what symptoms can the sufferer experience? Find out the answer in the following article.

Various studies show that about 65% of COVID-19 patients recover completely and return to normal after 14–21 days since the person is positively infected with the Coronavirus.

However, there are also other studies that find that the symptoms of Coronavirus infection can still be experienced by the patient even if it has been declared cured. In fact, in some cases, the symptoms of infection do not disappear at all. This condition is known as post-acute COVID-19 syndrome.

Why does Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome Occur?

Until now, the exact cause of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome has not been known. However, several factors are thought to contribute to the duration of the recovery process in COVID-19 patients. These factors include:

  • Disorders of the lymphatic system
  • Problems with the nervous system and brain
  • Disorders of the immune system
  • Recurrent Corona virus infection
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Stress

Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome can be experienced by anyone, from children, adolescents, adults, to the elderly. This condition can also be experienced by patients with COVID-19 who have had a history of chronic disease or joint disease.

What Are the Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome Symptoms to Watch Out for?

The symptoms of COVID-19 that persist can vary in each patient. Some patients only experience mild symptoms, but there are also patients who experience severe symptoms.

Here are some symptoms of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome that may appear:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Easy to get tired or drown
  • Lack of appetite
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Digestive disorders, such as abdominal pain and nausea
  • Disorders of olfactory sensory function (anosmia or hyposmia)

In addition to some of the above symptoms, a person with post-acute COVID-19 syndrome is also more at risk for some other health problems, such as:

  • Respiratory disorders, such as pneumonia or pneumonia
  • Cardiovascular diseases, such as myocarditis and heart failure
  • Inflammation of some organs or tissues of the body
  • Mental health disorders, including depression and anxiety disorders
  • Nervous disorders, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Disorders of liver and kidney function
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Metabolic disorders

The various symptoms of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome can last for several weeks or months.

In order to avoid COVID-19 disease and post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, it is important for you to always apply health protocols by diligently washing your hands, maintaining physical distance, wearing masks during outdoor activities, and avoiding crowds.

If you experience symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, especially if you have a history of contact with a patient of COVID-19, it is important do self-isolation immediately.

By Nurul
5th November 2020 19:02

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