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FAQ - Is swabbing helpful?
21/03/2022 Is swabbing helpful? No, neither the molecular or antigenic swab nor the antibody test for COVID-19 are prerequisites for the diagnosis (the latter, i.e., the antibody titer, in fact tends to decrease months after the onset of the disease).  

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FAQ - How does the diagnosis occur?
21/03/2022 How does the diagnosis occur? The diagnosis of Long-COVID is purely clinical and is based on a history of COVID-19 and a failure to fully recover with the development of some of the above symptoms.  

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FAQ - How common is it?
21/03/2022 A precise estimate of prevalence is difficult. According to a recent summary paper from the World Health Organization, a quarter of those with COVID-19 experience persistent symptoms four to five weeks after finding the positive finding. The largest of the studies, carried out in the United Kingdom by the Office for National Statistics on a sample of more than 20,000 people, showed a prevalence of symptoms of 13% beyond 12 weeks post-infection, w...

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FAQ - Do children also develop Long COVID?
21/03/2022 There are few cases to date, but even in children Long COVID can lead to the appearance of late symptoms that persist for several months. Similarly to adults, even among children the most common symptoms are: fever, gastro-intestinal disorders, fatigue, sore throat, headache, changes in mood, sleep disturbance, difficulty in concentrating.  

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FAQ - Who is most affected
21/03/2022 Women, those of advanced age, those who are obese or overweight, and those who have been hospitalized for COVID-19. In the latter case, there is an apparent correlation with the number of pre-existing chronic conditions and the severity of interventions required (e.g., ICU admission). Susceptibility also appears to increase with the number of symptoms in the acute phase (particularly dyspnea), but the association with their severity is not yet cl...

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FAQ - Which parts of the body are most affected
21/03/2022 To date, a wide range of long-term damage has been found on organs in the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, gastrointestinal, hematologic, endocrine, ENT, skin, and kidney systems.   

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FAQ - What are the general symptoms of Long-COVID
14/12/2021 The most common general manifestations include: - significant and persistent asthenia (the most frequently documented symptom) - anorexia - muscle weakness - relapsing fever - widespread pain - myalgias and arthralgias - worsening quality of life. Some of the symptoms of Long-COVID seem similar to those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, however, compared to it, Long-COVID seems to manifest with a broader spectrum of symptoms.

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FAQ - What is Long COVID
14/12/2021 It is that condition of persistence of signs and symptoms that continue or develop after an acute COVID-19 infection. If symptoms continue beyond four weeks after infection up to 12 weeks, it is called persistent symptomatic COVID-19 disease; if symptoms continue for more than 12 weeks and cannot be explained by any other condition, it is called post-COVID syndrome. Long-COVID includes both of these conditions.  

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