The BBC writes that a recent study found one in 20 people suffer from long-term covid symptoms.
The study which was led by the University of Glasgow showed that the effects of covid were more likely to occur after the injections were severe enough to require hospitalisation. It also showed that the most at-risk people were older women from deprived communities.
It also found that people who were vaccinated before they became unwell with covid appeared to be protected from the long-term covid symptoms.
The most reported symptoms included breathlessness, chest pain, palpitations, and confusion or “brain fog”.
It is also possible that long Covid was more likely in those with pre-existing physical and mental health problems, such as respiratory disease or depression.
Jill Pell, professor of Public Health who led the study, said: “While most people recover quickly and completely after infection with Covid, some people develop a wide variety of long-term problems.“
The research found that 6% of people felt they had not recovered at all, while 42% reported feeling only partially recovered between six and 18 months following the Covid infection.
The study also found that those with asymptomatic infection had no long-term impact.
I have recently recovered from Covid and I had all my vaccinations but I have had a number of steroid injections over the last year which they did warn me could affect how poorly I was should I contract Covid.
For me personally, the worst was the aches and pains and the rapid heart rate. I felt as though I was coming down with a cold a few days earlier with the usual sore throat and feeling rough but the fatigue which came with it has taken the longest to get over. I am still extremely tired 4 weeks after having the condition but I think a lot of that is due to my Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain. However, I feel sure had I not had all my vaccinations I would have suffered much worse.
By now I think we must all know that being fully vaccinated can reduce the likelihood of developing long Covid and I would encourage anyone who is eligible to take the opportunity to enhance their protection by getting vaccinated.