Authors: Storm Johnson (Future Science Group)
Recent research indicates that the linking factor between COVID-19 infection, severe acute COVID-19 infection and progression to Long COVID syndrome may be persistent endotheliopathy, inducing symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue and decreased exercise tolerance.
Long COVID syndrome is experienced by individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and continue to exhibit a wide-range of fluctuating symptoms including, but not limited to, breathlessness, chronic fatigue, anxiety, stress and decreased exercise tolerance. Such symptoms may develop during initial COVID-19 infection or following the infection period. Often the condition changes over time and may affect multiple systems in the body leading to generalised pain, persistent high temperature and even psychiatric problems. These symptoms are attributed to Long COVID syndrome when they cannot be attributed to an alternative diagnosis.