Understanding Long Covid

Long Covid is a developing story. There are several large ongoing studies which span the world, and the results from their data s beginning to help us in our understanding. This blog looks at some of the developing story, and begins to consider what aspects of Long Covid are most likely to affect our clients and the general populace.

 One of the hardest parts of recovering from long covid is often reported to be the uncertainty. There are some factors which seem to pre-determine people to Long Covid, but studies are in their infancy, as the long term impact on physical and mental health continues to be assessed.

Ongoing studies and information – who suffers from Long Covid?

  1. People who were hospitalised

Studies show that people who are hospitalised after having Covid show lengthy recovery periods, also known as Long Covid, as the damage done to their bodies heals. Up to 39% of people surveyed after leaving hospital either had a new symptom or had suffered changes to their work life due to ongoing problems from the disease. However 20% had recovered completely.

It is well known that being hospitalised and ventilated has an impact on physical and mental wellbeing long after discharge. Studies are beginning to show that Long Covid not only continues this pattern, but also adds to it, with some ongoing physical symptoms including damage to lungs, liver, hearts and also growing evidence for neurological changes to the brain, which can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms, most commonly brain fog and memory loss.

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.22.21254057v1

  • People who have other ongoing illnesses

https://thorax.bmj.com/content/76/4/405

This is unsurprising, but it does mean that there are many people who have had the disease fairly mildly but have found that it has interacted with their other existing medical conditions and made their recovery slower.

  • Women

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.03.22.21254057v1

It does seem likely that more women statistically seem to suffer from Long Covid, as found in this report from Medrxiv . This was reported in the BMJ. Scientist are looking at whether this is related to the way that female bodies fight viruses, but currently this study is inconclusive.

Good news!

What these studies also show is that the majority of patients with Covid symptoms improve quite ready in the 5 months after the acute phase. It also seems that Long Covid sufferers who have a sever form of Long Covid also improve, though more slowly.

What Helps?

My next blog looks ate Long Covid and how Therapy and Hypnotherapy can help manage aspects of the condition and enable sufferers to feel more in control. Whilst recovery may be frustrating there are ways to manage your anxiety and to mentally prepare to be well again.

Take a look at my information on relaxation techniques here:

If you would like to chat, please contact me. https://katemitchellhypnotherapist.co.uk/contact-kate-mitchell-hypnotherapist/

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