Title: Study Reveals Long Colds Often Undiagnosed, Similar to Long COVID
A recent study conducted by Queen Mary University of London has shed light on the often undiagnosed condition known as long colds. This comes as a result of the wide range of symptoms exhibited by those experiencing this ailment, coupled with a lack of diagnostic tests available.
Long COVID, a condition estimated to affect at least 10 percent of people infected with COVID-19, has gained significant attention in recent months. However, the Queen Mary University study suggests that long colds share similar characteristics to long COVID, making it important to recognize and understand these lesser-known cases. Notably, the incidence of long colds appears to be higher among individuals who have been hospitalized.
Contrary to previous beliefs that long COVID only affected those who were hospitalized, the study found that this condition can also occur in individuals with mild or asymptomatic infections. This finding underscores the need for comprehensive monitoring and support for all individuals who have been exposed to the virus, regardless of the severity of their initial symptoms.
While long COVID symptoms often include dizziness, loss of smell and taste, and other complications, these symptoms were found to be less prevalent in individuals with long colds. However, the study did identify other frequently reported symptoms of long COVID, such as cognitive dysfunction or “brain fog,” fatigue, and breathing difficulties. These findings emphasize the diverse range of symptoms associated with long-term COVID manifestations.
To define long COVID, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that individuals must experience new or persistent COVID symptoms three months after their initial infection, with symptoms persisting for at least another two months, and there being no other explanation for these symptoms.
Given the significant overlap between long colds and long COVID, healthcare professionals and researchers are now working towards better understanding and diagnosing these conditions. Diagnostic tests specifically tailored to identify long colds are urgently needed to ensure appropriate treatment and support for those affected.
As awareness grows concerning the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19, it is crucial that public health efforts recognize not only the more widely known cases of long COVID, but also the presence of long colds. By doing so, we can provide comprehensive care for all individuals impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
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