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Ask the Expert: Everything you need to know about “Long Covid”
When it comes to Covid-19, we would naturally think the battle would be over once we’ve recovered from the infection. But for some of us, we find ourselves feeling lethargic, developing joint pains and suffering from shortness of breath weeks after recovery.
In this article, we speak to our anchor doctor, Dr Raymond to give us an insight on this post Covid-19 syndrome otherwise known as “Long Covid”.
What is Long Covid?
“Most people who have Covid-19 fully recover within a few weeks. However there are cases where some people continue to exhibit symptoms even after they have recovered. This is referred to as ‘Long Covid’, or post-Covid symptoms,” explained Dr Raymond, before adding that the symptoms usually occur 12 weeks from the initial infection.
What are the symptoms of Long Covid?
Common signs and symptoms of Long Covid-19 are as follows:
tiredness or lethargy
fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
joint or muscle pain
psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression
shortness of breath
What is the prevalence of Long Covid in Malaysia?
He explained that approximately 1 out of 10 infected individuals would develop Long Covid symptoms.
What is the treatment for Long Covid?
“Similar to Covid-19, there is no definitive treatment for Long Covid. Treatments for Long Covid are determined by an individual's symptoms and other underlying diseases. Firstly, you should visit a doctor if the symptoms persist or worsen. A thorough health screening will be done as well to further confirm results and may include various tests,” said Dr Raymond.
“Currently, the best way to prevent Long Covid is by not contracting the virus. Getting protected by taking your vaccines is currently the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones. It is also important to practice physical distancing at all times, wear a mask while out in public places, and follow SOPs.”