UPI: Patients with brain fog after COVID-19 have abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid

UPI: Patients with brain fog after COVID-19 have abnormalities in cerebrospinal fluid. “Brain fog. It has become an inexplicable side effect of COVID-19 infection, but researchers now report they have discovered a possible reason why it happens. In a small study, investigators found abnormalities in the cerebrospinal fluid of some COVID-19 patients who developed thinking problems.”

Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden (Nature)

Nature: Post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19: an unequal burden. “Our world has witnessed over 275 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 5 million related deaths1. Marginalized communities everywhere continue to be disproportionately affected as the pandemic amplifies longstanding health and healthcare disparities. As an example, in the United States, members of the Black, Indigenous and Latino communities remain two to three times more likely to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and to die from this disease2. Dismantling structural racism is necessary to improve neurological health, as greater attention is focused on understanding and addressing the post-acute neurological consequences of COVID-19, or the neurological manifestations of what is sometimes called long COVID.”

The Guardian: My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering

The Guardian: My wife had long Covid and killed herself. We must help others who are suffering. “Watching long Covid systematically take her apart, organ system by organ system, was the most terrifying deterioration of a human being I have ever witnessed. My wife was an avid 90-minute-a-day walker, ate only organic (and mostly vegan) food, and hadn’t had an alcoholic drink in three and half years. Within six weeks of noticing ‘Covid toes’ and some gastrointestinal issues she could barely walk from excruciating nerve pain in her feet so extreme as to mimic advanced diabetic neuropathy.”

Mother Jones: Desperate Patients Are Shelling Out Thousands for a Long Covid Cure. Is It for Real?

Mother Jones: Desperate Patients Are Shelling Out Thousands for a Long Covid Cure. Is It for Real?. “When Owen came down with Covid-19 in April 2021, he felt lucky to get away with a mild case. After a few days of a runny nose, he returned to his regular routine, including long sessions at the gym. But three weeks later, Owen, who was 25 at the time and working as an art director in Manhattan, began to have trouble breathing. It got so bad one day that he collapsed in his kitchen. Later, at the emergency room, doctors searched for a cause but could find none, so they sent him home. That was only the beginning of Owen’s ordeal.”

Nexstar Media Wire: ‘Long COVID’ sufferers may have heart damage if battling shortness of breath a year later

Nexstar Media Wire: ‘Long COVID’ sufferers may have heart damage if battling shortness of breath a year later. “People with ‘long COVID’ ​may have suffered heart damage if they are still struggling to breathe during exercise a year on, researchers warn. Medical scans show patients who experience breathlessness a year after leaving hospital are more likely to experience cardiovascular problems, even if they never have before.”

Newswise: COVID-19 Can Trigger Self-Attacking Antibodies

Newswise: COVID-19 Can Trigger Self-Attacking Antibodies. “Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can trigger an immune response that lasts well beyond the initial infection and recovery—even among people who had mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, according to Cedars-Sinai investigators. The findings are published in the Journal of Translational Medicine.”

COVID Kidney Damage: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Infects the Kidneys and Contributes to Tissue Scarring (SciTechDaily)

SciTechDaily: COVID Kidney Damage: Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Infects the Kidneys and Contributes to Tissue Scarring. “The fact that the Coronavirus can result in severe damage in the human body is known, and also that kidneys can get infected. But what exactly happens in the kidney as a result of the infection, remains elusive until now. In this study, published in Cell Stem Cell, researchers investigated the kidney tissue of COVID-19 patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. They found scarring of the tissue as compared to Intensive Care patients with a non-COVID-19 lung infection and a control group.”

NBC Washington: Long COVID Patients Are ‘Terrified’ of Omicron

NBC Washington: Long COVID Patients Are ‘Terrified’ of Omicron. “Emerging research about omicron has so far been cautiously reassuring: Despite its ability to spread at a dizzying pace, the illness it causes appears to be milder overall, at least among the vaccinated and those who have received the booster shot. Such encouraging data, however, are meaningless to people with long Covid-19: those who have suffered from its symptoms for months to more than a year following their initial infection.”

Parosmia: Coping with distorted smell and taste at Christmas (BBC)

BBC: Parosmia: Coping with distorted smell and taste at Christmas. “Christmas is a cruel holiday for sufferers of Covid-induced parosmia. The condition, which causes smell and taste distortions, can mean tucking into a roast turkey with all the trimmings becomes a nauseating nightmare. But as more research is done and our understanding improves, is there hope for those whose festivities were plunged into repugnant ruin?”

‘I have changed’: A nurse suffering long-haul COVID-19 effects looks toward Christmas (Daily Herald)

Daily Herald: ‘I have changed’: A nurse suffering long-haul COVID-19 effects looks toward Christmas. “This is long COVID. You cannot see it. What you would see is just another middle-aged woman, overweight, slow, lazy even. A complainer with nothing to complain about. Two years ago, I would have been described as fun, energetic. Youthful even. That woman has disappeared. In her place is a knockoff version, shoddy and not meant to last. And for this counterfeit self, lockdown has never ended. She does not do anything inspiring or go anywhere of note, but for work, part-time now, and essential shopping. She is but a shell of her pre-COVID self, as drab and unadorned as the tree standing in the corner.”

Bloomberg: Long Covid Patients Face Fatigue, Poor Sleep Even After One Year

Bloomberg: Long Covid Patients Face Fatigue, Poor Sleep Even After One Year. “About seven in 10 Covid long haulers continued to face symptoms like fatigue, muscle pain, lack of sleep and breathing difficulties 12 months after hospital discharge, a study led by the U.K.’s National Institute of Health Research found. There was no or very little improvement compared with seven months earlier.”

Washington Post: Long covid is destroying careers, leaving economic distress in its wake

Washington Post: Long covid is destroying careers, leaving economic distress in its wake. “Across America, many of the nearly 50 million people infected with the coronavirus continue to suffer from some persistent symptoms, with a smaller subset experiencing such unbearable fatigue and other maladies that they can’t work, forcing them to drop out of the workforce, abandon careers and rack up huge debts. Hard data is not available and estimates vary widely, but based on published studies and their own experience treating patients, several medical specialists said 750,000 to 1.3 million patients likely remain so sick for extended periods that they can’t return to the workforce full time.”

Tremors and “internal vibrations”: Long Covid patients are reporting Parkinson’s-like symptoms (Salon)

Salon: Tremors and “internal vibrations”: Long Covid patients are reporting Parkinson’s-like symptoms. “A research paper submitted to the journal MedRXiv on Friday aims to raise awareness of a condition that has yet to be defined in people who are still struggling with lingering symptoms months or years after their initial infection with COVID-19. The neologism ‘long Covid’ is an informal term for what doctors call ‘post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection,’ or PASC; it defines to the condition in which those who previously had COVID-19, and no longer test positive, still have lingering symptoms.”