MedPage Today May 25, 2023
Judy George

— 12 key symptoms identify the disorder, U.S. researchers say

Long COVID now has a working case definition in the U.S.

Twelve key symptoms of long COVID include postexertional malaise, fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, palpitations, changes in sexual desire or capacity, loss of or change in smell or taste, thirst, chronic cough, chest pain, and abnormal movements, said Andrea Foulkes, ScD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues from the NIH’s RECOVER consortium.

Survey data from nearly 10,000 people were used to define the 12 signature symptoms, the researchers reported in JAMA. The findings also included a symptom-based scoring system to help clinicians and researchers better identify long COVID and investigate treatments.


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