McKnight’s Long-Term Care News author, Kimberly Marselas, reports that senior citizens who suffered from a long-lasting case of COVID-19 may potentially suffer from post-COVID-19 health complications, which could be mistaken for signs of old age. Marselas writes that the journal of BMJ published that long-lasting cases of COVID-19 can lead to the following symptoms: fatigue, increased heart rate, muscle and joint pain, dementia, and respiratory complications. Doctors are trying to determine what can be categorized as a long-term case of COVID-19 and the types of symptoms that can develop as a result. Additionally, many individuals that contracted COVID-1, but were not hospitalized are also experiencing these post-COVID-19 symptoms. Doctors are having trouble differentiating post-COVID-19 symptoms from symptoms of old age as they are closely related.
The journal BMJ published a study that indicated that “three-quarters” of individuals examined were not hospitalized with COVID-19. However, individuals ranging from thirty-six years old to 50 years old were at a greater risk of developing post-COVID-19 symptoms including fatigue, coughing, and difficulty breathing. The study also found that “thirty-two percent” of elderly individuals in the U.S. who contracted COVID-19 displayed post-COVID-19 symptoms about four months after their infection. The study’s results are helpful in determining how many elderly individuals suffered from long-lasting cases of COVID-19 as well as its aftermath, which according to the CDC is 2.5 million Americans.
It is critical to identify long-term COVID-19 cases as well as its post-infection effect on individuals so that they can receive proper treatment. Marselas says that the Center for Infectious Disease and Policy (CIDRAP) is now using “machine-learning models” to recognize long-lasting COVID-19 cases.
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Marselas, Kimberly. “Seniors’ long-COVID symptoms often overlooked, confused with aging.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 19 May 2022, https://www.mcknights.com/news/seniors-long-covid-symptoms-often-overlooked-confused-with-aging/. Accessed 24 May 2022.