The World Health Organization (WHO) defines persistent covid as the symptoms that remain in a patient for months after being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Although there are common symptoms, the investigations continue to evolve, since there is no clear pattern of the medical consequences that may occur in the future. In addition, the greater or lesser severity of the symptoms also varies from one person to another.
What is persistent covid?
Persistent covid or long covid is the syndrome in which a person suffers from this disease for a longer period of time than might be expected. This stage can last weeks or even months and occurs in 10% – 20% of patients previously infected with SARS-CoV-2.
It can appear in anyone who has suffered from the disease regardless of gender, age or even the severity of the initial infection.
Symptoms of persistent covid
Symptoms include respiratory problems, fatigue, persistent cough, sore throat and headache, as well as other symptoms that can affect the patient’s quality of life. It is a symptomatology that can even appear after an initial recovery from the contagion.
Multi-organ effects may occur with the possibility of affecting the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin or even the brain. These patients may be more prone to developing new health problems such as diabetes, heart or neurological problems compared to people who have not suffered from covid.
Some people may also experience severe impairment of taste and smell or even lose their sense of smell for weeks or even months.
How is persistent covid diagnosed?
Currently, there is no specific test for its diagnosis. In general, people have a wide variety of symptoms, some of which may be related to other illnesses not related to the virus, and therefore diagnosis is not always easy.
Consequently, to determine the disease, medical specialists often review the patient’s medical history along with a physical examination, blood test, and imaging tests to confirm the diagnosis.
As for the treatment of persistent covid, since it affects each person differently, there is no specific therapy. It is a disease that requires an integrative vision of the person and a multidisciplinary team that can manage it properly.
From Integrative Medicine, this global and holistic approach is offered to manage the treatment of the disease. This integrative approach not only contemplates the patient’s symptoms, but also takes into account their environment, their lifestyle, their mental health, etc. so that the globality of the patient’s environment helps the appropriate treatment to combat her disease.
The Synergia MedicalCare Center for Integrative Medicine has a multidisciplinary team of specialists who treat persistent covid with an integrative analysis that will undoubtedly make it possible to treat the disease and improve the patient’s quality of life.