Sunday Territorian

Long-term Covid definition

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RESEARCHER­S have now settled on a formal definition for “long Covid” – a condition that affects one in three people who contract the deadly virus.

For the first time experts and the World Health Organisati­on have agreed on symptoms and timeframes to help spot the debilitati­ng condition.

It has been found its severe symptoms, which can’t be explained by another diagnosis, can linger for three to six months after patients recover from their initial infection.

They include fatigue, “brain-fogging”, abdominal symptoms, depression, chest pain and ongoing breathing difficulti­es. But many unanswered questions remain about long Covid, including why it happens to so many people.

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