Post-COVID syndrome can affect all ages – Archyde – Being young with mild symptoms does not guarantee COVID-19 survivors will be free of post-COVID syndrome or post-COVID syndrome.

With the increase in active cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia in recent days, the public is once again reminded of the potential dangers of COVID-19. In addition to attacking the respiratory system, COVID-19 has the potential to cause post-COVID syndrome in those affected.

Post-COVID syndrome is a set of health problems or symptoms that have emerged, recurred, or have persisted for 4 or more weeks since a person was first infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Although the majority of people with COVID-19 improve within a few weeks of becoming ill, some sufferers have post-COVID syndrome, the symptoms of which linger for some time after recovery. These conditions vary widely and have varying durations among COVID-19 survivors.

“Patients with COVID-19 can experience post-COVID syndrome at any age, although it occurs more frequently in adults than in the child or adolescent age group, children and adolescents are still at risk,” said Dr. Desilia Atikawati, Sp.P, FAPSR, Lung and Respiratory Specialist, Pondok Indah Hospital – Puri Indah was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Research shows long-term symptoms in children, both mild and severe (including multisystem inflammatory syndrome, MIS), including fatigue, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble concentrating, muscle and joint pain, and cough.

Although rare, some people, especially children, can develop MIS shortly or shortly after becoming infected with COVID-19.

MIS is a disease in which various organs in the body become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or digestive system. So far it is not known what causes it.

“This is a serious condition and can lead to death. Symptoms to look out for as MIS are the presence of fever accompanied by at least one of the symptoms such as abdominal pain, eye redness, diarrhea, dizziness or drowsiness, rashes and vomiting,” said Dr. Desilia.

Post-COVID syndrome itself is not unique to COVID-19 survivors with severe symptoms. Survivors of COVID-19 with mild, even asymptomatic, symptoms can also be affected.

Commonly reported symptoms include shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue/tiredness, symptoms worsening after activity/discomfort after exertion, difficulty thinking/concentrating/brain fog, cough, chest/stomach pain, dizziness, nausea, palpitations, muscle/joint pain , tingling, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, fever, drowsiness, skin rashes, mood swings, changes in smell/taste, changes in the menstrual cycle and hair loss.

The Lancet study, led by scientists from University College London (UCL), is the largest peer-reviewed study of post-COVID syndrome with 3,765 participants from 56 countries.

The results of this study showed that more than 91 percent of the participants took more than 35 weeks to fully recover.

During the illness, participants experienced an average of 55.9 symptoms involving 9.1 organ systems. The most common symptoms after the sixth month were fatigue, post-exercise malaise, and cognitive impairment.

A total of 85.9 participants experienced a recurrence of symptoms primarily triggered by exercise, physical or mental activity, and stress. In the meantime, 1,700 participants needed a reduction in working hours. Cognitive or memory impairments were found in all age groups.

Some COVID-19 sufferers with severe symptoms suffer from the effects of multiorgan or autoimmune diseases for a prolonged period, with symptoms lasting several months afterwards.

Multi-organ effects can affect many body systems such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, skin and brain function. While autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system misfires and attacks healthy cells in the body, leading to inflammation (inflammation) or tissue damage in different parts of the body.

The best way to prevent post-COVID syndrome is to prevent COVID-19 infection from occurring. Get a COVID-19 booster shot immediately for those who received Vaccines 1 and 2 so they can reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 and protect those around them.

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