Symptoms of Long Covid include decreased sex drive and hair loss, new study finds

If you’ve been a victim of Covid-19, chances are you’re experiencing a lingering Covid symptom or weeks after recovering. Whether it’s decreased sex drive, hair loss, loss of sense of smell, these are some of the common lingering Covid symptoms, a new study indicates.

What is long Covid?

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 aka SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with a long-lasting range of symptoms that affect a person’s daily life. This condition is known as Prolonged Covid Syndrome or Post-Covid.

About 10% of people with Covid-19 are likely to develop persistent and recurrent symptoms even 4 to 12 weeks after being injected.

What the latest research says about lingering Covid symptoms

The University of Birmingham study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, evaluated a group of people who had Covid-19 but were not hospitalized during the pandemic.

People are generally aware of symptoms such as fatigue, loss of smell, shortness of breath, brain fog, skin problems, et al. But this new UK study identified “a wide range of symptoms” – a total of 62 symptoms associated with 12 weeks or more of infection.

Some of these include urinary incontinence, dizziness, mouth ulcers, loss of appetite, nail changes, and gastritis.

The main symptoms are anemia, hair loss, sneezing, difficulty ejaculating, decreased sex drive, shortness of breath at rest, fatigue, chest pain, hoarseness and fever.

In the study, people were grouped by appropriate behavior and characteristics to identify those at higher risk of long-term Covid disease. Risk factors include female gender, ethnic minorities, socioeconomic deprivation, smoking, obesity, and other medical conditions such as depression, anxiety, asthma, eczema, and hay fever.

Women are at higher risk of the disease than men. People in older age groups, especially over 30, have a higher risk of persistent Covid symptoms.

Socioeconomic deprivation is also one of the risk factors taken into account. The chance of a Long Covid symptom increases when the degree of financial shortfall is higher.

The US Centers for Disease Control identifies four groups of people who are most likely to develop persistent Covid symptoms:

* People who have experienced severe Covid-19 infection
* People with underlying health conditions before contracting the virus
* People who avoid getting the Covid-19 vaccine as a precaution
* People who may have developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome during infection

How long do Covid symptoms last?

According to the World Health Organization, it is difficult to predict how long it will last for any patient. While research continues, patients can often experience symptoms that last weeks to months after they brush with Covid-19. However, people’s condition may improve over time.


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