Researchers investigating how ‘Long-COVID’ could impact you

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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — More and more people are reporting lingering symptoms of COVID-19, long after they’ve recovered.

Symptoms like loss of taste or smell and brain-fog continue to plague individuals and stump scientists.

Researchers are calling the new dilemma ‘Long-COVID.’

Minor symptoms include fatigue, headaches, and memory loss. But serious complications include decreased lung function and damage to the heart and kidneys.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 30% of COVID-19 patients have reported symptoms as long as nine-month after their diagnosis.

“We just don’t know how long those symptoms may go on. And we may find some people that really have permanent disability because of this illness,” Nebraska Medicine infectious disease expert Dr. Mark Rupp said.

Dr. Rupp said research into ‘Long-COVID’ is only just beginning as the virus is still new. But, there is still hope.

“We think, and all the data points to, those things being prevented by the vaccine…I would urge anybody who becomes eligible for the vaccine to jump on that opportunity, get vaccinated.”

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