Since the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, a bunch of persistent symptoms have been observed in many patients. This persistence is manifested by the presence of at least one of the initial signs one month after infection. Some individuals have even reported symptoms for up to six months after recovery. In this case, we are talking about long Covid which seems to also affect young people between the ages of 16 and 30. This is what a Norwegian study published on June 23, 2021 suggests in the journal Nature Medicine.
The long Covid has not spared young people either, says new study
Long-lasting Covid-19: A lingering form of respiratory infection that disrupts the lives of many people around the world. And while it was believed that the elderly and those who suffer from pathologies are the most at risk, it appears that the long Covid has not spared young people either. According to a study carried out in Norway during the first wave of the pandemic, half of young people aged 16 to 30 subjected to quarantine after their diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, showed symptoms of the disease six months later.
More specifically, 28% of them presented loss of smell and taste, 11% had memory problems, 21% felt tired, 13% had difficulty breathing and 13% suffered from concentration problems.
“The fact that young adults with a mild form of Covid-19 are at risk of dyspnea and long-lasting cognitive problems underscores the importance of preventive measures such as vaccination. “, conclude the authors of the study.
What are the symptoms of this long form of the virus?
The High Authority of Health has indeed deciphered the symptoms of long Covid earlier this year on February 12 in a report. Among the events are:
- Fatigue intense.
- Neurological disorders of cognitive and sensory origin; headache.
- Cardio-thoracic problems: chest pain and tightness, tachycardia, dyspnea and cough.
- Prolonged loss of smell and taste.
- Digestive and skin disorders.
- Muscle or joint pain.
Nature Medicine (juin 2021) : « Long COVID in a prospective cohort of home-isolated patients », Bjørn Blomberg et coll.