The coronavirus pandemic has prompted questions about reinfection and the risk of developing “long Covid” characterized by fatigue, brain fog, musculoskeletal pain, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal disorders, and dysautonomia, among other issues. Research led by Ziyad Al-Aly, chief of research at the VA St. Louis Healthcare System, suggests that victims of Covid reinfection face additional risk of developing long Covid. Al-Aly suggested that each reinfection potentially worsens the existing symptoms while possibly adding new ones. He also stated that recovery from long Covid is rare, with many patients adjusting to a lower health baseline. This discovery highlights the urgent need for research into valid treatments, as long Covid does not seem to self-resolve.
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[Source: STAT, September 20th, 2023]