Mental fog: the new post-Covid-19 symptom to take into account
Fatigue, shortness of breath, pain in the joints. These symptoms have one thing in common: they can persist in some Covid-19 patients. And a new manifestation has been added to this list: brain fog.
The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are now well known. Among them, we find cough, fever or fatigue. Although they usually last several days, some manifestations of the disease can last for weeks or even months.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, joint pain, and chest pain are among the most common persistent symptoms . However, the health authority has just added other manifestations to this list, including "mental fog".
Mental fog and Covid-19: difficulties thinking and concentrating
The CDC defines brain fog as "difficulty thinking and concentrating." If the expression "mental fog" is used to describe this phenomenon it is because "your head, your mind and your brain feel cloudy or like in a fog", indicates the site Anxiety Center. This state is usually related to stress, which "causes many changes throughout the body, including the functioning of the brain."
How does this brain fog manifest itself? Ardith Goodwin, a 53-year-old American affected by Covid-19, had the bitter experience. In an interview with Al, a local Alabama newspaper, she explains that she forgot her friends first names or lost a thought in the middle of a sentence. Today she is better but she has not forgotten anything about this difficult stage. "I can look back and see how bad it was. During the last two months I have recovered all my mental faculties," he explains.
Covid-19: the list of persistent symptoms
Brain fog is not the only persistent Covid-19 symptom recently added by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Depression, muscle pain, headache, fever, and palpitations are also on this list.
The US health authority also reports on rarer but more serious consequences of the coronavirus in the long term, namely inflammation of the heart muscle, abnormalities in lung function, acute kidney damage, skin rashes or even hair loss.