What Is Post-COVID Syndrome?

Thursday, April 15th, 2021, 1:32 pm

The symptoms of infection with the COVID-19 virus generally subside within two weeks. But for some people, the effects of COVID-19 don’t stop there. Many people experience the “post-COVID syndrome,” where individuals have symptoms for far longer than the standard two-week period, even for months; in some cases, the effects of COVID-19 remain debilitating and disruptive to patients’ regular activities.

Read on to learn more about the post-COVID syndrome and what you should do if you have long-haul COVID symptoms. 

Symptoms of Post-COVID Syndrome

As we’ve learned over the last year, COVID-19 can cause a variety of different symptoms. This is also true of post-COVID symptoms, and patients’ experiences often differ significantly. 

That said, the main symptoms of COVID-19 that can remain beyond the two-week mark include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Joint pain
  • Brain fog
  • Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Problems sleeping
  • Anxiety 

For some people, these symptoms can last for six months or longer. While we’re still actively learning about the post-COVID syndrome, anyone experiencing persistent symptoms of COVID-19 for four weeks or longer needs to seek medical care. 

Treatment for Post-COVID Syndrome

Currently, treatments for the post-COVID syndrome are tailored to individual patients based on the symptoms that they’re experiencing, so patients should first seek care from a medical professional, such as a member of the team at Suncoast Urgent Care, to evaluate their symptoms. Your doctor can determine the severity of your symptoms and refer you to a specialist if needed. Regular follow-ups with your doctor may also be recommended to manage your case of post-COVID syndrome effectively. 

At Suncoast Urgent Care, we provide reliable medical services for a broad range of concerns. If you’re experiencing lingering symptoms of COVID-19, visit our center to receive an expert medical evaluation and care.

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