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4 Signs You May Have Had COVID, Dr. Fauci Warns

Just when you thought the coronavirus couldn't be worse, it is clear the virus leaves many people with long-lasting, debilitating symptoms that can also never go away, and we're not simply speaking for those hospitalized. Even mild cases of COVID-19 are leading to many Americans being hobbled, maimed and now not their historic selves. The syndrome is referred to as "Long COVID, a constellation of signs and symptoms characterized by" the following symptoms, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated at yesterday's COVID press briefing.

1 Extreme Fatigue

Note the word Fauci used: "Extreme." He's right. Even younger people can "develop symptoms that are quite crippling, in terms of fatigue," says Dr. Helen Chu, an American immunologist who is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, "that makes it hard for you to simply do your ordinary activities." One sufferer used to run 10Ks, no problem. Now, after a slight case of COVID, he can't even break boxes down for recycling, or take a 10 minute walk, without his physique collapsing from exhaustion or migraine a day later. "It has a significant impact on your quality of life."

2 Unexplained Shortness of Breath

A respiratory disease through nature, COVID can infect your lungs and naturally lead to shortness of breath. It's an initial sign of COVID but can be one that in no way goes away. You may also experience shortness of breath and have completely clear lungs, due to a heart issue or inflammation.

3 Muscle Aches

Dr. Fauci has warned of "myalgia"—muscle aches. These can show up somewhere on your body. One patient has lower back aches for months and chest aches, too; now he has crushing migraines instead.

4 Dysautonomia

Dr. Fauci described dysautonomia as "temperature dysregulation"—when "it's difficult for the body to maintain regular temperatures and outcomes in periods of feeling hot or bloodless when there has been no change in the real temperature indoors or outdoors," in accordance to Marie Namey, RN, MSN, MSCN, Mellen Center for MS Treatments & Research, Cleveland, OH—or unexplained tachycardia, which the Mayo Clinic calls "a heart rate over a hundred beats per minute."

Originally published: Eat This Not That

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