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JAMA study targets 12 common symptoms of long COVID

Posted On: May. 26, 2023 12:11 PM CST


Findings of a large-scale study published Thursday in the Journal of the American Medical Association have narrowed down to 12 the most common symptoms of long COVID.

Experts in the workers compensation industry have pegged the mystery behind long COVID as an issue to watch, as insurers and employers covering COVID-19 comp claims have been grappling with how to define long COVID and how to provide medical care. At least one study found that up to one-third of COVID-19 comp claimants have long COVID.

Thursday’s study, which included nearly 10,000 Americans, identified the most-common symptoms and a symptom-based scoring system, all with the aim of improving future diagnostics and treatment, according to a statement by the Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery initiative, known as RECOVER.

The 12 symptoms included post-exertional malaise, fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, gastrointestinal symptoms, heart palpitations, issues with sexual desire or capacity, loss of smell or taste, thirst, chronic cough, chest pain, and abnormal movements. The research team also found that long COVID was more common and severe in study participants infected before the 2021 Omicron variant.