EP 600 Long Haul Covid: A Long Road Ahead to Figure It Out

Given that COVID-19 has been with us for a relatively short period of time, as viruses go, it’s hard to say whether the after effects that some people experience are short term or will become chronic.  That’s why many scientists around the world are studying it now.  The conditions related to it are as diverse as the populations it affects, young and old, all races, over continents.  We often hear of neurological symptoms, brain fog, fatigue and shortness of breath.  Depending upon how your health was before you contracted COVID, it’s hard to deduce whether any of these are due to the overall state of your health or the lingering reminders that you’ve been visited by the pandemic. There is no test to diagnose post-COVID conditions and there is no drug or therapy to make them go away.  Given all this, there’s still a lot to talk about with Dr. Steven Deeks, a professor of medicine at the University of California and principal investigator of the Long -Term Impact of Infection with Novel Coronavirus(LIINC)study.  While vaccines are helpful in mitigating the worst effects of COVID, there is a growing desire not to contract the new, more transmissible variants expressly to avoid what we know so little about–post COVID conditions.