Experts are learning how COVID-19 may cause long-lasting symptoms. Getty Images As the pandemic continues, we’re learning that many people who experience COVID-19 endure long-term health consequences called post-viral syndrome.
Symptoms include fatigue and brain fog.
The syndrome may be related to cytokines that cross the blood-brain barrier and affect the brain.
COVID-19 can bring severe illness that may take weeks to overcome.
But even after surviving the initial infection, some people have symptoms that persist.
Six months after the disease was first identified, experts are learning about its long-term effects. We now know that the disease can cause heart damage , neurological issues that include stroke , and lung damage . Dr. Anthony Fauci , Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, recently spoke on another, potentially debilitating, consequence of the infection: post-viral syndrome.“Brain fog, fatigue, and difficulty in concentrating,” Dr. Fauci said at the International AIDS Conference . “So this is something we really need to seriously look at because it very well might be a post-viral syndrome associated with COVID-19.”This condition is called myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)-like illness. ME was previously called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).“We see this with any virus, and it’s basically unexplained, persistent, relapsing fatigue. It’s most documented in women, twice as much as men,” Dr. Donna Casey , internist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas told Healthline. “We can now see documented abnormalities in your nervous, immune, and metabolic systems. So we’re seeing abnormalities in all three that creates myalgic encephalomyelitis.”She added that it can affect people at […]