NIH Director Dr. Fauci Warns of This ‘Very Disturbing’ COVID-19 Symptom Puzzling Experts Worldwide
Chills, dry cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and fever, maybe even loss of smell and taste. By now everyone must be knowing that these are the regular signs of COVID-19 being reported by millions worldwide. What is most scary is the fact that it could take almost a month at times for these symptoms to subside although some fare better and it lasts a week at the most. But what’s now worrying men like America’s top infectious disease expert like Dr. Fauci the Director of the NIH is a phenomenon where there are some people who are battling the symptoms long after the infection has disappeared from their bodies and that Dr Fauci says is very disturbing.
1Dr. Fauci says ‘Long-Haulers’ are reasons for concern
In an Instagram interview with actor and UT Austin Professor Matthew McConaughey, Dr. Fauci said he was worried about those in which the virus was manifesting itself with symptoms lasting longer than usual. The medical world has now described such people as “long haulers”
Doctor Fauci said that “We’re starting to see more and more people who apparently recover from the actual viral part of it, and then weeks later, they feel weak, they feel tired, they feel sluggish, they feel short of breath.” The Doctor is also a key member of the Coronavirus Task Force in the White House. He feels that the phenomenon is a chronic projection of symptoms and remain even when the virus has left the body. He says it could be an immunological effect.
“It’s a chronic projection forward of symptoms, even though the virus is gone, and we think that’s probably an immunological effect.”
2Health experts worldwide are puzzled
Doctor Fauci also said that the phenomenon is puzzling health experts even though they have been researching it extensively. But the symptoms are very puzzling because while it affects others in this way, there are many who make a complete recovery.
“It’s very disturbing, because if this is true for a lot of people, then just recovering from this may not be OK.”
3The CDC confirms the Doctor’s concerns
In July, the US Center for Disease Prevention and Control confirmed in a published study that 35% of those suffering from COVID-19 were still experiencing its symptoms even three weeks after they tested positive for the virus. The most interesting part of the report was that only those individuals were researched who had not been admitted into hospital which signified that they suffered only a mild infection of the disease. Those who were found with prolonged symptoms of the virus were not just aged people, there were young people too. 26% were between 18-34 and 32% were between 35-49. These age groups included were reporting long term symptoms of COVID19.
The research stated, “COVID19 can result in prolonged illness even among persons with milder outpatient illness, including young adults.”