New research revealed about 'long-haul' Covid-19

The Northwestern Medicine Neuro COVID-19 Clinic has released new data on "long-haul" COVID patients, which finds that while some symptoms improve, others persist.

Most of its group of 52 patients reported still experiencing brain fog, numbness/tingling, headache, dizziness, blurred vision and fatigue — even 15 months after their Covid-19 diagnoses.

However, the same group reported improvement in their senses of taste and smell. In addition, gastrointestinal problems among the group reportedly worsened slightly in recent months.


"Why do I still have brain fog? Why am I still so tired? Why do I still have weakness in my extremities? Why do I get confused over basic, easy things?" said 39-year-old Patrick Malia, a long-haul patient who reported recently got lost on his way to work.

Malia isn't alone, with 85 percent of long-haulers reporting at least four neurologic symptoms which are impacting their quality of life.

"As a whole, patients had worse quality of life than the average US population for all those domains, indicating a severe impact on their lifestyle," said Dr. Igor Koralnik, who overseas the clinic.