Covid FAQs

1. What kind of physical and psychological effects does Covid-19 have on patients?

a. Covid can cause Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in some patients; this puts the immune system into overdrive & can cause lasting damage to the lungs. Some patients will recover fully while others may have on-going difficulties for months or years to come.
b. Covid may cause more than physical health challenges, some patients may also experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after having been through both lockdown & the stress of fighting the infection.

2. Can people who have not contracted the virus suffer psychological effects?

a. Yes! It has been a long & difficult period for everyone. From the isolation of lockdowns to the change of routines (eg working from home & online education) to the uncertainty about the future, everyone has experienced some level of stress. It is even possible to have PTSD without having contracted the virus.

3. What is Long Covid?

a. Most people who have Covid-19 recover completely within a few weeks. However, some patients, even those who had mild versions of the disease, continue to experience symptoms after their initial recovery. These people sometimes describe themselves as "long haulers" & the condition has been called post-Covid-19 syndrome or "Long Covid-19.”

4. What are the symptoms of Long Covid?

a. Older people & those with many serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering Covid-19 symptoms, however, even young, otherwise healthy people can feel unwell for weeks or months after infection. The most common signs & symptoms that linger over time include:
i. fatigue
ii. shortness of breath
iii. cough
iv. joint pain
v. chest pain
b. Other long-term signs & symptoms may include:
i. muscle pain or headache
ii. fast or pounding heartbeat
iii. loss of smell or taste
iv. memory, concentration or sleep problems
v. rash or hair loss