KONTAN.CO.ID – Jakarta. In the midst of a surge in positive cases of the corona virus, people need to be aware of the occurrence of long covid. What is long covid? What are the characteristics of long covid? How to deal with long covid? How long can long covid last?
Long covid is a symptom of Covid-19 that lasts more than four weeks since the initial symptoms appeared. Long covid that happens to each person can be different.
The medical director of infection control at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Nasia Safdar, explained that Covid-19 was still a new disease. For this reason, the prolonged symptoms are still being studied.
At this time, he continued, there was not enough information to say with certainty how long Covid-19 lasted and there would be many “variations” in each recovery period of Covid-19 patients. “As far as we know is for six months someone still has symptoms. So maybe (last) about a year, hopefully not longer than that,” he said, as reported by CNET.
Meanwhile, according to Medical News Today, a study published in the journal PLOS One reported that a quarter of study participants had long-term Covid-19 symptoms between six and eight months from initial infection. Some participants experienced long-covid symptoms such as difficulty breathing and fatigue.
The results of the assessment also indicated that a number of long-covid patients were depressed. Understanding the long-term symptoms of COVID-19 will help a person get the right treatment.
How to prevent long covid
According to Safdar, practicing standard healthy living behaviors, such as eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, and avoiding behaviors such as smoking, can reduce the risk of COVID-19 severity. However, regarding the long covid recovery efforts, there is currently no definite answer.
One way that can help prevent long cases of Covid is to get the Covid-19 vaccine. According to him, a number of recorded cases showed that the patient’s symptoms had improved after being vaccinated.
This could indicate that the vaccine may be able to alter a person’s immune response and help with long-term symptoms of COVID. However, according to him, the mechanism is still unclear.
What is clear is that vaccines are very important. “I think it’s an important message that vaccination has two purposes.” “One, of course we want to get it before we get infected with Covid-19 so we are protected, but even in people who have been infected, it seems that vaccination helps overcome the symptoms of long covid,” he said.
Meanwhile, according to Nature, an immunobiologist from Yale University, Akiko Iwasaki, recruited people with long covid who had not been vaccinated. He and his colleagues are trying to figure out how their bodies react to the vaccine.
Akiko hypothesized that the vaccine could improve symptoms by eliminating the virus or viral remnants present in the body, or by rebalancing the immune system.