Among the symptoms of COVID-19 that can persist for up to “several months,” the most common include fatigue, breathing problems, anxiety and even the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to reports. Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS).
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After listing 17 studies around the world, INESSS has compiled a list of the most frequent post-COVID-19 symptoms.
These include fatigue, respiratory symptoms (dyspnea, shortness of breath), loss of smell, loss or disturbance of taste, chest pain, memory impairment, anxiety, depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. (see box)
“In addition, several other symptoms presented less frequently in the studies listed have also been reported with variable prevalence such as headaches, arthralgia. [douleurs articulaires], gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea), palpitation, chills, hair loss, edema of the limbs, dizziness, sore throat and cough, ”one reads.
In its report, INESSS also cites WHO’s words that COVID-19 “could increase the risk of long-term health problems that could affect the heart, lungs, brain and nervous system, mental health and musculoskeletal system and others ”.
This large list of symptoms is far from surprising Dr. Mathieu Simon, pulmonologist and head of intensive care at the Institut universitaire en cardiologie et pneumologie de Québec.
“Going to intensive care, there is a price to that. You don’t come out like new, ”says the intensivist.
One year to recover
Dr Simon even claims that patients intubated in intensive care can take a year to recover. “The lung is regenerating, but it’s a year. It is a year before they fully regain their muscle mass. Their cardiovascular endurance can be very bad for a year, ”he says.
In addition, Dr. Simon says he is “very worried” as the holidays approach. “We see the prevalence figures rising to 1,300 or 1,400 cases per day last week. It is certain that in 10 to 14 days, that will result in hospitalizations and hospitalizations in intensive care, ”he estimates.
The intensivist is also worried about “other health problems”, while several patients are “afraid to go to the hospital,” he said. “We have seen in recent weeks people who waited for pneumonia to turn into an abscess in the envelope of the lung for fear of coming to consult, it is the same with heart attacks, it is very frightening”, illustrates- he does.
– Respiratory symptoms – dyspnea, shortness of breath / shortness of breath;
– Loss of taste, smell, or taste disturbance;
– Sleep disorders;
– La myalgie;
– Chest pain;
– Memory or concentration problems;
– Anxiety, depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.