Categorizing Long COVID
The term COVID Long Hauler has been used to categorize individuals that were infected with COVID-19 but continued to experience symptoms after recovery from COVID-19. It has been noted that COVID Long Haulers experience a wide range of symptoms that vary from person to person, so it is difficult to pinpoint the causes and effects of the condition since it presents itself differently in every victim.
Long COVID has also affected victims with different levels of severity, which only makes Long COVID more difficult to understand and explain. Some medical professionals have dichotomized three different groups of Long COVID patients:
Critically ill patients who went to intensive care and now could have permanent organ damage (Lung damage primarily)
Those who had mild or severe COVID-19, and now have organ damage or disfunction - for example myocarditis (heart inflammation), or encephalopathy (brain damage that leads to confusion, an altered mental state, or brain fog).
Those patients who have multiple symptoms but no evidence of organ damage. Some of the symptoms associated with this group are severe exhaustion, headaches, myalgia, and emotional and cognitive problems.
As you engage with other COVID Long Haulers on Numinis, keep in mind that people may have completely different experiences from your own.
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For more information on this topic, here is an article by journalist Jennifer Lutz that goes more in depth: