British researchers said many Covid-19 patients had strange symptoms and lasted several months, showing many unexplained mysteries about the new disease.
In mid-March, Paul Garner thought he had a mild cough. As a professor of infectious disease at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, he discussed the Covid-19 epidemic that day with David Nabarro, the UK’s special envoy for the pandemic. At the end of the online call, Mr. Nabarro advised Mr. Garner to immediately go home and quarantine himself.
The professor listened to Nabarro’s advice although he felt “just a bit tired,” according to the Guardian.
Days later, he had strange signs. Painful people “like being beaten”, headaches are like hammering. “The symptoms are weird,” he said. In addition, Professor Garner also lost sense of smell, chest tightness and heart palpitations. There was a time when he thought he was going to die. He tried to look up symptoms of myocarditis online, but he was so tired that he could not use a computer.
A series of strange symptoms
Professor Garner awkwardly admits to being a member of the “herd immune group”. This is a cluster of patients infected with Covid-19 before the British declared a blockade. He thought his illness would recover soon. However, his condition worsened, his health deteriorated markedly, his mental state plummeted and his body completely exhausted.
There is increasing evidence that the new strain of coronavirus causes a range of symptoms much worse than before. Symptom duration may also be longer, making the patient very miserable. In Professor Garner’s case 7 weeks.
A professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine said that from his experience, he noticed that every day Covid-19 had new symptoms. He suffered from headache, abdominal pain, tinnitus, shortness of breath, dizziness and arthritis in his hands. Each time Mr. Garner thought he had gotten better, then the illness got worse.
“Very desperate. Many people begin to doubt themselves. The patient’s relatives even begin to wonder if the patient has a psychological problem,” he wrote in the British Medical Journal. .
Since the article was published, Professor Garner has received email and teary phone calls from readers. They were grateful to him because they thought they were crazy.
“I work in public health. Virus certainly causes changes to the immune system in the body, many strange diseases that we do not understand. This is a new disease, and dangerous. Textbooks never mention these, “he said.
According to the latest research, about 1/20 of Covid-19 patients exhibit abnormal symptoms over a long period of time. The long stay here could be two months, three months or longer. According to Mr. Garner, the symptoms can be very similar to dengue.
Covid-19 is “multi-systemic disease”?
Professor Tim Spector, of King’s College London, estimates that a significant number of patients are infected with the new “long tail” strain of coronavirus. According to Mr. Spector, about 200,000 patients were recorded to have symptoms that lasted throughout the study period, about 6 weeks.
So far, the government does not collect information about minor infections in the community, but they often exhibit “debilitating” symptoms.
“These people are likely to return to work but not be able to work at all. Many of the problems of Covid-19 have been ignored because people thought ‘if you are not dead, you’re fine,'” he said. Spector said.
“We are the nation that invented epidemiology. We created all sorts of epidemiological studies, but it didn’t work,” he added.
Many Covid patients do not have a fever and cough. Instead they have muscle aches, sore throat and headache. The app, invented by Spector’s team, tracks 15 different types of symptoms. “I studied 100 diseases. Covid-19 was the strangest disease in my medical research career,” said Spector.
There is currently only simple scientific information for Covid-19. Lynne Turner-Stokes, a professor at King University, said Covid-19 was a “multi-systemic disease” capable of affecting any organ. It causes microchips and blood clot problems. The lungs, brain, skin, kidneys and nervous system may be affected. Neurological symptoms may be mild (headache) or severe (confusion, delirium, coma).
Professor Turner-Stokes said it is still unclear why the disease sometimes lasts so long. One theory is that when infected, the patient’s immune system is overloaded. Another theory is that these symptoms are caused by viruses.
Researchers from many countries are working together to study the latest data from European countries outbreaking before the UK, such as Italy and Spain, as well as China. They are trying to find support for patients with severe symptoms or underlying disease. Covid-19 is now posing a challenge similar to HIV / AIDS in the past.
Meanwhile, people with long-term symptoms of Covid-19 are comparing their status through an online support group. People can talk in group chats, and most people feel relieved to realize that many other people are in the same serious condition, meaning they can’t imagine their own illness.