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The Latest on Long-Haul COVID: Promising Research Updates

One of the most difficult things about dealing with long-haul COVID is how little is still known about this condition. But just as some of the world’s top minds came together to produce a COVID-19 vaccine at an impressive pace, some of our nation’s best researchers and physicians are currently engaged in important work that will further our understanding of long-haul COVID.

In this article, we’ll provide rundowns of some of the most promising recent long-haul COVID research updates and give you the information you need to know about this mysterious chronic illness. 

Vaccine Updates

The further we get from the beginning of the pandemic and the initial availability of the vaccine, the less serious this virus may seem. However, it’s vital to remember that vaccines are still our best shot at protecting ourselves and our loved ones from this illness. They’re also your best protection against developing long-haul COVID. This is why it’s critical to stay up to date on your booster shots as well.

For instance, COVID-19 vaccines prior to April 18, 2023, may not protect against Omicron variant BA.4 and BA.5. If your last vaccine was not updated to cover these variants, you should consider getting a booster this fall. A new version of the vaccine that also protects against the Omicron XBB.1.5 variant should be available to the public by early October.

Everyone 6 months and older is encouraged to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine, whether or not they have had the virus before. It is possible to get COVID-19 multiple times, and the vaccine will make it less likely you’ll catch the virus or its variants in the future.

If you currently experiencing COVID-19, you should wait to get vaccinated until after your symptoms are gone and your isolation guidelines have been met. If you have or have recently had multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS), wait to get vaccinated until after you recover and 90 days have passed since the date of your diagnosis.

You can learn more about when and how to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Long-Haul COVID Research: Spring and Summer 2023

Thousands of patients have been treated for long-haul COVID through Mount Sinai Health System’s Center for Post-COVID Care. Researchers recruited patients who have had long-haul symptoms for more than a year in an effort to compare their immune responses with long-haul COVID patients who were initially infected around the same time.

Their work is producing helpful results, including the discovery that long-haul COVID patients have reduced circulating levels of cortisol. To balance their cortisol as they manage long-haul COVID, patients should prioritize rest and eat a balanced, anti-inflammatory diet.

The same research team has also found evidence of elevated antibodies in their patients, which indicates the body is attempting to fight back against long-haul COVID. The more we can study how the body is fighting back, the more luck we’ll have implementing targeted, robust treatments.

Speaking of anti-inflammatory solutions, scientists at Yale University have recently focused on inflammation as one of the long-term impacts of this illness. Specifically, the researchers have outlined four hypotheses that:

  1. After a person has COVID-19, remnants of the virus can remain in their system and cause chronic inflammation, among other symptoms.
  2. The body’s disease-fighting B and T cells trigger an immune response—and subsequent inflammation—in a process called autoimmunity.
  3. Latent (or dormant) viruses inside our bodies can be reactivated by COVID-19.
  4. An acute inflammatory response resulting from COVID-19 can cause damage to other tissues.

Thus far, their research has shown that it is possible for a patient to be afflicted by all four of these—or just one. And while there’s no denying that each of these reactions are serious, findings like these give us more cause for hope.

It’s always beneficial to know more about a virus, and in this case, the link between inflammation and long-haul COVID give us a window into effective treatments. Treatments such as customized respiratory therapy, breathing exercises, a targeted diet, and medications have all been proven effective at addressing both long-haul COVID and associated inflammation.

It’s worth repeating that long-haul COVID impacts everyone differently, which can make research and treatment more challenging. But this is a challenge we’re up for—and a challenge with which we’ve already made incredible progress.

As research yields additional breakthroughs in understanding, we’ll be ready to employ the latest findings in the personalized treatment plan we build for you, your loved ones or anyone recovering from long-haul COVID.

How We Treat Long-Haul COVID

As of today, there is still no definitive cure for long-haul COVID, and there’s no one treatment for the disease. However, it is possible to treat the symptoms and their ultimate cause: inflammation.

At Recover ITC, our health care providers take a 360-degree view of your health with a comprehensive diagnostic workup and full-body evaluation. We then work with you to develop a custom treatment plan based on your unique symptoms and needs.

If you think you may be suffering from long-haul COVID, schedule an appointment with Recover ITC today. We’re ready to help you finally find relief from your inflammation symptoms and get you back to living like you’re used to.

Each patient’s treatment plan differs, but the goal remains the same: to leave with a better understanding of your health.

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