What we know about “Long COVID” so far

| Written by Deina Blancaflor

Some people experience symptoms of COVID-19 long after the virus has infected them. But what do we know about post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), or chronic COVID, better known as “long COVID”?

According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), “post-COVID conditions are found more often in people who had severe COVID-19 illness, but anyone who has been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 can experience post-COVID conditions, even people who had a mild illness or no symptoms from COVID-19.”

Moreover, long COVID continues to pose an additional risk to mental health. COVID-19 survivors risk depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and cognitive impairment or “brain fog.” 

This Friday, September 9, from 12nn to 2 pm, the University of the Philippines (UP), in partnership with UP Manila National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), National Telehealth Center (NTC), and cooperation with UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), would like to invite you to join the fight against C.O.V.I.D—current COVID-19 problems, other outbreaks, viruses, infections, and disasters.

In this episode, “SUFFERING IN SILENCE: Ang Banta ng ‘Long COVID’,” we will take a deep dive into long COVID, what it feels like, what we need to understand, and what we can do to help those who suffer in silence from the long-term effects of the virus.

We will get the perspective of award-winning journalist and COVID-19 survivor Bum Tenerio Jr. Likewise, Dr. Regina Berba, Head of the PGH Hospital Infection Control Unit, and Dr. Jubert Benedicto, Head of the CCU Management Action Team at UP PGH, will start an in-depth discussion on the topic.

Don’t miss this timely discussion by registering here. You can also catch our weekly live tweets and streams via the UP System Twitter account, TVUP’s YouTube channel, and Facebook page.

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