The medical community continues to learn more about the effects of COVID-19. Data suggests a significant portion of those who contract the virus will have symptoms that persist months after initial onset.
This article discusses five common post-COVID symptoms you should monitor and take seriously.
Depression can be one of the most difficult post-COVID symptoms to handle, as it often comes with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Common indicators of depression include low energy levels, lack of motivation, changes in appetite, and difficulty making decisions.
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional.
Fatigue is a common symptom for those recovering from COVID-19. In most cases, this exhaustion doesn’t go away even after rest or sleep. If you’re feeling chronically tired despite getting sufficient rest, speak with your doctor about possible causes and treatments.
Brain fog is characterized by poor concentration, memory problems, confusion, trouble multitasking, and loss of executive functions you had no problem with before getting COVID. To combat brain fog, your doctor may recommend specific cognitive therapy programs.
Insomnia can range from difficulty falling asleep at night to waking up frequently without being able to fall back asleep again easily. Research shows sleep disturbances are particularly high among black patients.
COVID-19 has been known to cause gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain in some patients. These issues are often overlooked when considering the long-term effects, but they can be just as debilitating as other symptoms like fatigue and insomnia.
How to Stay Safe
If the vaccination rate is low in your area, the best possible course of action is to get vaccinated or boosted as soon as possible.
Additionally, wear an N95 face mask when around other people and avoid traveling or going indoors with those who don’t live with you.
For further safety measures, stay away from large crowds and practice social distancing where possible.