Long Covid Related Fatigue Linked to Anxiety and Depression

Long Covid Related Fatigue Linked to Anxiety and Depression

Published: 2022-07-20
Author: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) | Contact: uoc.edu
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-022-11141-8

Synopsis: Researchers show there is a link between fatigue, depression, anxiety, and other cognitive deficits in patients with post-COVID-19 syndrome. The most common symptoms of the post-COVID-19 condition known as long Covid include fatigue, shortness of breath, and cognitive dysfunction. To be considered symptoms of long COVID, they must be present for at least two months during the three months after the onset of the disease. Fatigue is excessive tiredness and physical and/or cognitive and muscular weakness. It has been associated with conditions such as post-viral infection and neurological diseases.

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Long Covid

Long COVID is called by many names, including post-COVID conditions, long-haul COVID, post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), long-term effects of COVID, and chronic COVID. Mild or moderate COVID-19 lasts about two weeks for most people. But others experience lingering health problems even after the fever and cough go away and no longer test positive for the illness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines post-COVID-19 condition (WHO’s term for long COVID) as coronavirus symptoms that persist or return three months after a person [...]

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