long COVID. These are fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle pain, cough, headache, joint pain, chest pain, altered smell, diarrhoea and altered taste, they said.
The researchers identified two main symptom clusters of long COVID: those comprising exclusively of fatigue, headache and upper respiratory complaints, and those with multi-system complaints including ongoing fever and gastroenterological symptoms. "There is evidence that the impact of acute COVID-19 on patients, regardless of severity, extends beyond hospitalisation in the most severe cases, to ongoing impaired quality of life, mental health and employment issues," said study lead author Olalekan Lee Aiyegbusi, from the University of Birmingham. "People living with long COVID