- Recent studies have found that as many as 1 in 4 people who had COVID-19 end up with long-haul COVID-19. But research is still ongoing.
- Experts are also learning how long-haul COVID-19 affects children and teenagers.
- Long-haul COVID-19 symptoms may appear weeks after the initial infection, even if the initial infection is mild or asymptomatic. The symptoms may also change over time.
While COVID-19 cases are declining in the United States, experts are still learning what the effect of a year-long global pandemic has been on our long-term physical and mental health.
In particular, attention has turned to people with long-haul COVID-19, a syndrome that has appeared in people who have lingering symptoms after an acute case of COVID-19.
While most people with severe COVID-19 were adults, experts are learning how seemingly mild cases of COVID-19 have turned into debilitating cases of long-haul COVID-19.
Recent studies have found that as many as 1 in 4 people who had COVID-19 end up with long-haul COVID-19. But research is still ongoing.
Long-haul COVID-19, often referred to as “long COVID,” can involve a wide variety of symptoms, some of which include:
- trouble concentrating
- shortness of breath
- muscle aches
Symptoms may appear weeks after the initial infection, even if the initial infection is mild or asymptomatic. The symptoms may also change over time.
Although much of the attention around long-haul COVID-19 has focused on adults,
In these cases, many children have seemingly mild cases that then lead to long-haul COVID-19, which can be debilitating.
Researchers are still working to uncover the cause of long-haul COVID-19 and identify the most effective treatment approaches.
For one family, the effects of the pandemic won’t be over anytime soon, even as cases in the United States decline.
Molly Burch was 16 years old in March 2020, when she first developed symptoms of COVID-19.
“She started with a little cough on March 8, and then by March 9, that cough was getting worse and she had a fever,” Molly’s mother, Ann Wallace, told Healthline.
Over the next 3 weeks, Molly’s symptoms got worse before they got better.
After her initial infection had passed, some of her symptoms lingered on, and months later, new symptoms appeared.
“I thought she was better, but in August, her symptoms came back with new shortness of breath,” said Wallace. “I remember because it was her birthday; she was having trouble breathing, and it was incredibly alarming.”
Molly’s acute illness may have subsided, but the teenager never fully bounced back.
Walking up the stairs now leaves Molly out of breath. A day at school leaves her exhausted.
Her symptoms are consistent with long-haul COVID-19, in which symptoms last for weeks or months after someone first contracts the virus that causes COVID-19.
“I feel like in the past week, she’s better than she was the week before,” said Wallace. “But you never know with…
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