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Medical Minute Sheds Light on Long-Haul COVID-19 Symptoms

Doctor Michael Shea, chief medical director and critical care physician at Maui Health shares an important message about long-haul COVID symptoms and complications.

“While it is true that most people get better within weeks of contracting COVID-19, there is growing evidence that some people experience uncomfortable long-term symptoms – even after they have seemed to have recovered,” said Dr. Shea. “Symptoms that can last for weeks, months or even longer than after the initial COVID-19 infection.”

Common symptoms of long-haul COVID-19 can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Joint and chest pain
  • Brain fog
  • Headache
  • Intermittent fever
  • Racing heartbeat

Less common serious long-term complications:

  • Inflammation of the heart
  • Persistent lung issues
  • Rash and hair loss
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety
  • Mood changes

“The important takeaway is that COVID can be dangerous to anyone, not just those who are older or have existing health issues. Long-haul COVID is real and is another important reason to continue COVID precautions and seriously consider getting vaccinated,” said Dr. Shea.

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