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Long-Haul COVID Guide

When symptoms won’t go away

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What Is Long-Haul COVID?

Most cases of COVID-19 resolve in less than two weeks. For one in five adults, at least one medical condition caused by COVID-19 remains one to 12 months after the acute infection.

There are many names for long-haul COVID, including “chronic COVID”, “long COVID”, and “post-acute COVID-19.” Whatever you call it, long-haul COVID is when you experience long-term effects from a COVID-19 infection.

There are hundreds of symptoms that could potentially be ascribed to long-haul COVID, the most common of which are fatigue, respiratory issues, and cognitive problems. Long-haul COVID is a relatively new condition, each case is unique, and it can affect any part of the body—all factors that make the condition difficult to study and treat.

The good news is that new scientific studies are providing insight into what causes long-haul COVID and how best to treat it so those affected can fully recover and get back to work, hobbies, and lives.

What we know

The Latest Research

An estimated range of 30-70% of COVID-19 patients will report symptoms 12-24 weeks after their initial COVID-19 infection. Long-haul COVID is still not widely understood, but the scientific community is working hard to uncover the reason why some people continue to struggle long after their initial COVID-19 infection.

New scientific evidence shows that COVID-19 infects diverse tissues throughout the body, and that infection can outlast respiratory symptoms. Even after a clean nasal swab, the virus may be lurking in your body. Even though it’s no longer actively copying itself, lingering bits of the virus could still be provoking harmful immune responses, including inflammation, autoimmunity, and disruption of the microbiome. Inflamed blood vessels may explain why so many people with long-haul COVID experience fatigue and pain: because muscles are being deprived of oxygen by micro blood clots.

Research in JAMA Internal Medicine studied 32,000 female nurses, following them for a year. Results indicated that six lifestyle factors drastically influenced the probability they would develop long-haul COVID: diet, exercise, not smoking, healthy weight, adequate sleep, and moderate alcohol consumption.

Women with five or six of these healthy lifestyle factors were about half as likely to get long-haul COVID than women with one or two. Each of these lifestyle factors are closely tied to inflammation.

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Long-haul COVID is more likely to develop if you had severe acute COVID-19 symptoms requiring hospitalization or an underlying health condition prior to COVID-19. You are also more likely to develop long-haul COVID-19 if you did not get a COVID-19 vaccine or experienced multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) during or after COVID-19.

It’s important to note that long-haul COVID can affect anyone who, at some point, was infected with COVID-19. Older adults, middle-aged adults, and children, regardless of their previous level of health or preexisting conditions, may potentially develop long-haul COVID. Patients don’t have to have had a severe case of COVID-19 to develop long-haul COVID, though those who experienced hospitalization in the intensive care unit (ICU) are at an elevated risk of developing mental health problems from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Could You Have Long-Haul COVID?

There’s no one test to determine if you have long-haul COVID. Health care providers diagnose a patient with long-haul COVID after considering their health history, previous diagnosis or exposure to COVID-19, and a health exam.

People with long-haul COVID can have symptoms weeks, months, or even years after a COVID-19 infection, sometimes resulting in disability. One of the reasons it’s so hard to diagnose is because long-haul COVID can cause different symptoms for different people. These include, but are not limited to:

General symptoms

Neurological symptoms

Respiratory and heart symptoms

Digestive symptoms

Treatments and Recovery

Long-haul COVID is not one illness, so treatment aims to relieve your symptoms and is unique to each patient. Patients at Recover ITC typically undergo a full-body and cognitive assessment to create a personalized treatment plan.

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Treatments for physical symptoms include

Treatments for cognitive symptoms include

Take Heart

Any health condition is anxiety-inducing at minimum and traumatic at worst. Most people with long-haul COVID want nothing more than to return to life as usual—to regain physical strength and mental sharpness, to get back to work, hobbies, and enjoy time with family and friends. Long-term health problems can be incredibly isolating and financially burdensome, especially after hospitalization.

One of the most empowering ways to help yourself today is by becoming your own health advocate. Listen to your body and believe in it. If you experience lingering symptoms of COVID-19, it’s better to talk to a doctor sooner than later. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get second opinions. Lean on your support system—family, friends, and your care team—and remember that, with treatment, you can start to feel like yourself again.

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Our Resources

Keep up to date with the latest in long-haul COVID news and chronic inflammation treatments.

How We Treat Long-Haul COVID

Recover ITC is the only one-stop shop to treat inflammation. We provide in-house assessments, diagnostics tools, and treatments for patients with long-haul COVID. We build your treatment plan using technologies backed by cutting-edge scientific research.

Insights & News

Learn more about long-haul COVID and the newest advancements in treatment from our own industry-leading doctors and practitioners, and read success stories from real patients like you.

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How We Treat Long-Haul COVID

Recover ITC is the only one-stop shop to treat inflammation. We provide in-house assessments, diagnostics tools, and treatments for patients with long-haul COVID. We build your treatment plan using technologies backed by cutting-edge scientific research.

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Meet Our Care Team

Our team includes the best and the brightest long-haul COVID specialists. Your well-being is their top priority. Long-haul COVID is our sole focus—and anyone who comes into the clinic will leave with a better understanding of their health.

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Insights & News

Learn more about long-haul COVID and the newest advancements in treatment from our own industry-leading doctors and practitioners, and read success stories from real patients like you.