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PostPosted: 02/25/21 5:31 pm    ::: PASC Reply Reply with quote

Long-haul COVID now gets an official name.

"Many of you are now aware of what had long been called 'long COVID,' " said Fauci, the White House COVID-19 Response Team's chief medical adviser. "But actually, what that really is is post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which we're now referring to as 'PASC,' or P-A-S-C."

He stressed that even patients with moderate cases of the infection can develop PASC. Symptoms include fatigue; gastrointestinal problems; "brain fog," or an inability to focus; depression; anxiety; sleep difficulties; and, in extreme cases, impaired lung capacity.

"New symptoms sometimes arise well after the time of infection, or they evolve over time and persist for months," Fauci continued. "They can range from mild or annoying to actually quite incapacitating." He referred to a study from researchers at the University of Washington that was published online February 19 in JAMA Network Open. In that study, more than 30% of the 177 participants reported symptoms that persisted for up to 9 months.

"It's very difficult to treat something when you don't know what the target of that treatment is," Fauci said.

I learned yesterday of a family friend in his 20's who had a modestly symptomatic case of COVID 6 months ago but still has confusion, difficulty walking, and minimal vision in one eye.

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