Have you been suffering from a cold for several weeks that just won’t go away? Science has the explanation for what is happening to you. A new study published in EClinicalMedicine, One of the publications from The Lancet group shows that some people may suffer from ‘persistent colds’, a prolongation of the usual cold symptoms, such as cough, stomach pain or diarrhea.
The work, developed by scientists at Queen Mary University of London, suggests that acute respiratory infections not related to Covid, such as colds or flu, can also cause long-lasting symptoms, lasting more than four weeks after the initial infection.
However, scientists have not been able to determine whether these long-lasting symptoms could be of the same severity or duration as those associated with Covid is persistenta problem that affects many people after the arrival of SARS-CoV-2.
The research compared the prevalence and severity of long-term symptoms after an episode of Covid versus episodes of another acute respiratory infection that tested negative for coronavirus. According to the work data, persistence of symptoms occurred in both groups, although individuals who recovered from Covid were more likely to experience lightheadedness or dizziness and problems with taste and smell compared to those who had an infection. respiratory not related to Covid.
“The study corroborates previous findings that long-term symptoms are common after respiratory infections in general, not just after Covid-19. However, Covid-19 infection was associated with an increased risk of several conditions , including memory problems, which suggests that ‘brain fog’ may be particularly related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” he said, speaking to the Science Media Center (SMC). Paul Harrison, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom).