What is PASC (Long Covid)?
Updated: May 12
There probably doesn't exist a person who hasn't heard of COVID-19, but new research is continuously being discovered about this evolving disease. Many people who develop the COVID-19 recover with little to no lasting effects on their health. But that's not the case for some people. Some cases of COVID-19 patients continue to have lingering symptoms for weeks or months after they begin to recover. This has been termed Post-Acute Sequelae SARS-CoV-2 infection, or PASC for short.
There's no prediction on who can get PASC, WebMD reports about 10% of people with COVID-19 get long COVID, while Harvard Medical School reported studies showing that 50% to 80% of patients have bothersome symptoms three months after COVID-19.
Many of the symptoms include:
Loss of smell and taste
Shortness of breath
Some more serious symptoms may include gut problems, headaches, depression, memory and concentration issues, lung issues. The Mayo Clinic reports that COVID-19 may damage and increase the risk of long-term health problems in the Heart, Lungs, and Brain. It is reported that many people who recovered from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), developed chronic fatigue syndrome, extreme fatigue that doesn't improve with rest, and it is looking to be the same with COVID-19.
Much is still unknown about the lasting effect of COVID-19 in patients, and Congress has provided $1.15 billion over four years to the NIH to research prolonged health consequences of COVID-19.
While COVID-19 and its impact will be researched for the continued future it is still important to help reduce spread by following precautions such as wearing masks, washing your hands with soap and water, and avoiding crowds.
Many Long Covid symptoms are not life threatening but do affect quality of life, and many clinics are opening to care for patients with persistent symptoms.
UEWM Acupuncture Clinic Practitioners are trained in treatments to help alleviate Long Covid symptoms, with patients showing a decrease in discomfort.
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First time patients are eligible for discounted treatment after a consultation.
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For more information, here are some additional resources you can learn about COVID-19: