Coronavirus symptoms include a range of ailments including fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal issues, rashes on the skin and conjunctivitis. Now a medical team has uncovered the three lasting symptoms of the virus.
Professional diver Emiliano Pescarolo had tested positive for COVID-19 back in March.
Pescarolo had spent 17 days in hospital in the Italian port city of Genoa.
Three months later and the 42-year old explains he still suffers from breathing difficulties.
“Once back home, even after weeks, I couldn’t see progress.
“If I took a small walk, it was like climbing Mount Everest. I was out of breath also just for talking.
“I was very worried.”
Including lingering breathing problems, brain fog was also described as a lasting symptom.
Pescarolo said he had trouble concentrating and was concerned about his cognitive powers.
“I don’t remember simple things, especially short-term memory,” he said.
Like Pescarolo, Margaret O’Hara noticed her mind seemed a lot less sharp even after making a recovery.
In the United Kingdom, communities of “long Covid” sufferers have spring up online, as people try to manage what appear to be long-term effects of a virus about which much remains unknown.
Meanwhile, health authorities in the UK and Italy, two of the European nations worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic, are starting to offer rehabilitation services to Covid-19 survivors.
These will likely need to be wide-ranging, since research now indicates that coronavirus is a multi-system disease that can damage not only the lungs, but the kidneys, liver, heart, brain and nervous system, skin and gastrointestinal tract.