As the coronavirus continues to spread, it is becoming clear that “mild” symptoms don’t necessarily equate to “harmless.” A report, courtesy of The Guardian, claims that even healthy individuals who believed they had already recovered from the virus are reporting “persistent and strange symptoms”—including potentially deadly strokes —leading experts to wonder if even “mild” cases are more dangerous and complicated than previously believed. Keep reading to make sure you know what they are.
1. Blood Clotting and Strokes
Dr. Christopher Kellner, a professor of neurosurgery at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, tells The Guardian that he has witnessed such “mild” cases of COVID-19, that patients, as young as 30 — some with no symptoms — have chosen not to be hospitalized, only to experience blood clotting and severe strokes.
2. Chronic Fatigue
Doctors have learned that along with the lungs and blood, COVID-19 can infect the kidneys, liver, and brain. According to a Dutch report published earlier this month, 88 % of 1,622 COVID-19 patients with an average age of 53, reported a number of enduring and intense fatigue. An overwhelming majority of participants — 91% — weren’t hospitalized, implying “mild” cases of coronavirus. Another crucial finding is that 85% of them deemed themselves generally healthy before becoming infected with the virus. A month after their infection, just 6% of them felt they still belonged in that category.
Mental health complications, such as depression, have also been reported as a long-term side effect of COVID-19. “Although the virus is not yet old enough for long-term effects on those organs to be well understood, they may manifest regardless of whether a patient ever required hospitalization, hindering their recovery process,” The Guardian writes.