New words are given to things that need clarity. Last year, breakthrough was defined by the CDC to describe those cases of fully vaccinated people becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/delta-variant.html
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/long-covid-now-has-a-formal-definition-from-the-who-what-to-know#1. Long COVID, long-haul COVID, chronic COVID, past COVID conditions, post-acute sequelae of COVID-19, and maybe another term or two have been used to describe COVID health issues that last more than four weeks after initial infection. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/effectiveness/why-measure-effectiveness/breakthrough-cases.html
Symptoms can include shortness of breath, trouble breathing, difficulty sleeping, muscle and/or joint pain, headaches, trouble concentrating, dizziness, fatigue, diarrhea, and coughing.
Check the following link if you have long COVID and it has affected your ability to work – https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomspiggle/2021/09/13/ada-protections-and-long-haul-covid-what-you-should-know/?sh=251e65724467
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/who-establishes-clinical-definition-of-long-covid. On October 6th, the WHO agreed upon the term post COVID-19 condition as the preferred word for describing COVID-19 symptoms lasting longer than a month. COVID-19 symptoms lasting longer than a month affect pulmonary, cardiovascular, and nervous systems more than any other part of the body.
Women, middle age, and those with several symptoms are most likely to see post COVID-19 conditions. No one knows why the symptoms occur after four weeks.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects/index.html. Most of the time, COVID-19 patients recover in a couple or so weeks. In my personal case, my recovery was in two weeks; however, I kept getting incrementally better daily for another week or ten days after that. The WHO hopes the new terminology will help in the treatment of existing and future patients. Until everything is grouped under one term, it is difficult to identify safe and effective treatments for all.
The one symptom I hear from the few people I know who have this post COVID-19 condition is fatigue. From my personal experience, fatigue was a factor. My wife and I had a cough, fatigue, and no other symptoms and were on the road to recovery less than a week after initial symptoms appeared.
Any long-term disorder can create cognitive dysfunction and other symptoms that may not clearly be defined as COVID-19. Check with your physician to be certain.
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