Long Covid symptoms: 8 new symptoms recognised in new study including hair loss
Hair loss and a lowered intercourse drive are amongst are two of eight new signs affecting folks with lengthy Covid, a brand new examine suggests.
In keeping with figures from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics in June, two million folks within the UK are affected by lengthy Covid.
The examine discovered that whereas the commonest signs embody lack of scent, shortness of breath and chest ache, others embody amnesia, an lack of ability to carry out acquainted actions or instructions, and hallucinations.
Patterns of signs tended to be grouped into respiratory signs, psychological health and cognitive issues, after which a broader vary of signs.
New lengthy covid signs
In addition to hear loss and lowered intercourse drive, the examine says different signs embody:
• Bowel incontinence
• Erectile dysfunction
• Limb Swelling
Senior creator Dr Shamil Haroon is affiliate medical professor in public well being on the College of Birmingham.
He stated: “This analysis validates what sufferers have been telling clinicians and coverage makers all through the pandemic – that the signs of lengthy Covid are extraordinarily broad and can’t be totally accounted for by different components reminiscent of life-style threat components or power well being circumstances.
“The signs we recognized ought to assist clinicians and medical guideline builders to enhance the evaluation of sufferers with long-term results from Covid-19, and to subsequently think about how this symptom burden might be finest managed.”
NHS checklist of Covid signs
The NHS checklist of frequent Covid signs consists of fatigue, shortness of breath, chest ache or tightness, and mind fog.
Anuradhaa Subramanian, analysis fellow on the Institute of Utilized Well being Analysis, College of Birmingham and lead creator of the paper, stated: “Our knowledge analyses of threat components are of specific curiosity as a result of it helps us to think about what may probably be inflicting or contributing to lengthy Covid.”
She added: “Ladies are, for instance, extra more likely to expertise autoimmune ailments. Seeing the elevated probability of ladies having lengthy Covid in our examine will increase our curiosity in investigating whether or not autoimmunity or different causes might clarify the elevated threat in girls.
“These observations will assist to additional slim the deal with components to research what could also be inflicting these persistent signs after an an infection, and the way we may also help sufferers who’re experiencing them.”
The findings are revealed in Nature Drugs.