Psychological scars from long Covid

Monday, 06 June 2022, 1:00 PM MYT

By Prof. Dato’ Dr Andrew Mohanraj

For some of us who have recovered from Covid-19 and are still experiencing some symptoms, we could have what is known as post-Covid or long Covid.

According to Dr Janet Diaz, the World Health Organization’s Head of Clinical Management, this emerging illness occurs in individuals who have had confirmed or probable new coronavirus infections, “usually three months on from the onset of the Covid-19, with symptoms that last for at least two months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.”

She explained that some of the most common symptoms of long Covid, include shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction, which people call brain fog, as well as fatigue.

These are the three most common symptoms.

However, there have been more than 200 symptoms that have been reported in patients.

Besides brain fog, which is characterised by concentration and memory problems, other symptoms in the mental health arena would include anxiety, depression and sleep disturbances.