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COVID Impacts

Detailed information and resources on the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 infection and the broad social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

Common Symptoms of Long COVID

Below are some of the 50+ identified signs and symptoms associated with Long COVID. This is far from an exhaustive list, but these are the most common reported symptoms in the weeks and months following acute COVID-19 infection.

  • Dyspnea or increased respiratory effort (difficulty breathing)
  • Chronic fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis)
  • Post-exertional malaise (poor endurance)
  • Cognitive impairment or "brain fog"
  • Cough
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Palpitations and tachycardia (fast heart rate)
  • Arthralgia (joint pain)
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Paresthesia (nerve pain, i.e. "pins and needles")
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia and other sleep difficulties
  • Fever
  • Lightheadedness
  • Impaired daily function and mobility
  • Pain
  • Rash (e.g., urticaria)
  • Mood changes
  • Anosmia  (loss of smell) or dysgeusia (disordered taste/loss of taste)
  • Menstrual cycle irregularities
  • Erectile dysfunction

New-Onset Medical Conditions

This is just a short list of the types of medical conditions that COVID-19 infections increase the risk of developing after infection. These are all new-onset conditions in patients after COVID-19 infections, that have been documented in the medical literature.

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Stroke
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Lung Diseases (especially interstitial lung disease)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Thromboembolism [DVT/PE] (Blood Clots)
  • Microvascular Blood Clotting (Microclots)
  • Hyperglycemia (Diabetes Mellitis)
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
  • Virus Reactivation (especially Epstein-Barr Virus and Human Herpesvirus 6)
  • Autoimmune Diseases (especially Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Erectile Dysfunction (EF)
  • Infertility (female and male)
  • Acute Kidney Disease (AKD)
  • Neuropathies
  • Renal Failure
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Dementia/Alzeheimer's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Mood Disorders
  • Attention Disorders
  • Opportunistic Infections
  • Cancers