Doctors Learn More About Long-Term Effects Of Those Who Recover From COVID-19

Wednesday, January 13th 2021, 6:48 pm

Doctor's at OU health said the list of long-term effects of COVID seems to grow and grow.

That is why they are still urging people to take it seriously, not knowing how it will affect someone after they recover.

“There's actual websites now where patients can enter symptoms they are having long term and that’s a different way to see data than a study that just surveys all people that survive,” said Dr. Dale Bratzler, OU Health’s Chief COVID Officer.

There are many studies out there that have been capturing what's called long-haul syndrome.

"Of those who get it about a third will develop long-term symptoms,” said Bratlzer.

Though doctors and researchers have a lot to learn when it comes to COVID-19, Bratlzer said a majority of people have fatigue for up to half a year after recovering from the virus.

Another common symptom is "brain fog.”

"Difficulty with concentration or loss of memory. It is more common in older people, but it can present for some time after a person recovers,” said Bratzler.

But he said to put it into perspective 40 to sometimes as high as 70% of people who recover, which most do, don't have any long-term symptoms at all.