Respiratory side effects on top of Long COVID symptoms, new Thai study finds

Symptoms associated with the respiratory system such as panting and chronic cough represent 44.38% of the long-term side effects among people infected with COVID-19, according to a study conducted by the Institute of Medical Research and Technology Assessment of Thailand’s Medical Services Department.

The Medical Services Department said that long-term COVID-19 side effects, or “long COVID”, can occur after a person has recovered from the COVID-19 infection for three months or more and the side effects may last at least a further two months in various body systems.

The findings show:
  • Nervous system (27.33%). Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness or muscle atrophy.
  • Skin (22.8%). The symptoms are hair loss or rashes.
  • General (23.41%). Symptoms include exhaustion, muscle or joint pains.
  • Mental (32.1%). Symptoms include sleeping disorders, anxiety or depression.
  • Heart and blood vessels (22.86%). Symptoms include chest pains or heart palpitations.

The department said, however, that these symptoms usually fade away without medical treatment, but those suffering from any of these symptoms for more than two months should consult a doctor.


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