(ORDO NEWS) — There is so much disturbing news in 2022 that many people have almost forgotten about the coronavirus pandemic.
This is mainly due to the fact that the Omicron strain, found in November last year, is considered weak compared to other species many people recover after a few days of fever.
At the same time, after the disease, they develop a post-COVID syndrome, which includes symptoms like weakness, blurred thinking, and so on. In humans, they do not go away even 12 weeks after recovery.
Recently, British immunologist Danny Altmann announced that doctors and the government are paying very little attention to this.
In his opinion, in the future, a “long covid” may cause the emergence of a generation of people with disabilities. Due to the consequences of the disease, which are still poorly understood,
Symptoms of post-covid syndrome
According to statistics, approximately 20% of people who recover from coronavirus suffer from long-term symptoms that last 2.7 weeks or longer.
In December 2020, the National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE) proposed the following classification of post-COVID conditions:
- Acute COVID-19, in which symptoms last up to four weeks;
- Ongoing COVID-19 in which symptoms are noticeable for 4 to 12 weeks;
- Post-COVID syndrome, in which symptoms last 12 weeks or more, affecting different body systems.
Ongoing symptoms include weakness, shortness of breath, headaches, loss of smell, distortion of tastes, palpitations, memory loss, and so on. Because of what exactly they continue to appear, scientists still do not know, but there are several assumptions.
First, during the active phase of the disease, organs can be damaged, and this damage is quite capable of causing long term health problems.
Secondly, it is possible that the virus remains in the body for a long time and provokes problems. Thirdly, during illness, blood clots can occur, which also prevent the body from functioning normally.
How can the coronavirus affect the future of people?
According to immunologist Danny Altmann, the presence of health problems will certainly affect people’s lives in the future. At a minimum, they will not be able to work at the same pace, which can lead to loss of work and a source of income.
In some cases, possible health problems can significantly impair the quality of life and lead to an increase in the number of suicides.
At the moment, it is difficult to prevent such terrible consequences, because scientists do not fully understand what exactly causes the post-COVID syndrome and, therefore, cannot provide people with full-fledged treatment.
Around 1.5 million people in the UK are suffering from symptoms that persist more than a month after being infected, according to data from the UK Office for National Statistics at the end of January 2022.
High fatigue, muscle pain, distraction and other unpleasant symptoms persist not only in the elderly, but also in young people.
This phenomenon should be studied as best as possible, but doctors do not receive proper funding from the authorities. And they themselves, in some cases, are not very interested in studying the post-COVID syndrome.
Relax early – coronavirus has not disappeared anywhere
It is noteworthy that this is not only a problem for the UK. The immunologist reported that at the moment there are about 5 million people who have developed health problems after infection.
Perhaps there are many more such people, so the future of mankind is in danger. To prevent a catastrophe, he urged to take the post-COVID syndrome more seriously and improve the diagnosis of patients.
It goes without saying that national governments should help scientists with the necessary level of funding.
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