What Are The Long-Term After-Effects of COVID-19?

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As of 29th April 2021, India has around 30 lakh active coronavirus cases. Whilst the pandemic is at its peak it’s important to understand why it is better to keep safe and to minimise risk and exposure wherever possible.  

Historically, it’s been noted that pandemics or any sort of a natural crisis has caused long-term trauma and a long-term effect on our mental wellbeing and lifestyle. The pandemic has caught us distraught for more than a year now. Plans have been cancelled, there has been an impending sense of doom and an increase in stress and anxiety. Studies have also shown that previous public health crises have been associated with an increased rate of substance abuse, post-traumatic stress and depression. 

The COVID-19 has shown to have some adverse long-term effects as well.  

More than 300 studies have shown that COVID-19 patients may have neurological abnormalities which include mild symptoms like headaches, loss of smell, and tingling sensations. There have been a few more severe outcomes as well like aphasia or the inability to speak, strokes and seizures.  

Additional studies have found that damage that was largely considered to be about the respiratory system is now considered to affect the kidneys, liver, heart, and just about every organ in the human body, a small study in the New England Journal of Medicine documented the neurological symptoms in their Covid-19 patients, ranging from cognitive difficulties to confusion. All are signs of “encephalopathy” (the general term for damage to the brain).  

Robert Stevens, an associate professor of anaesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He spoke with BBC and said, “We’ve now learned that the disease affects many different organ systems: patients can die not only from lung failure, but also kidney failure, blood clots, liver abnormalities, and neurological manifestations.” 

What was earlier thought that, the virus doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier seems to be untrue now. The conclusion draws up to that, the virus’s impact on the nervous system could be far longer and more devastating than its impact on the lungs.  

Patients experiencing failure can be put on a respirator, and kidneys can also be rescued with a dialysis machine but there’s no dialysis machine for the brain.  

Moral of the story remains that prevention is better than cure, so the lesson is to keep safe and isolated. One must get inoculated as soon as possible; and the use of masks is a must! 

The sooner we get ourselves vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to normal! 

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