Some people get COVID-19 and become ill. Others get it and transmit the virus to others. This has been established. But what has not been established is the new condition quipped as 'Long COVID'.
The most common symptom is fatigue. After showing minor symptoms of COVID-19, Long COVID is reported to come to those people much quicker. Others symptoms include: breathlessness, a cough that won't go away, joint pain, muscle aches, hearing and eyesight problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and gut.
There are theories to where Long COVID comes from but there is no definite answers. The virus may have been cleared from the bodies but may still remain in small parts. "If there's long-term diarrhoea then you find the virus in the gut, if there's loss of smell it is in the nerves - so that could be what's causing the problem," says Prof Tim Spector, from King's College London.
The serious effects of this new after-effect is that it might become very unreported just like when more COVID cases started in February 2020. And if the symptoms are confirmed then this could turn less into an after-effect and more into COVID-20. So all we need to do is create similar procedures that we have been doing for COVID-19, for Long COVID before an epidemic worse than the virus erupts faster than we could ever expect.