Long Covid: has your voice changed? Experts warn of “Covid Strangle”

Most people who contract COVID-19 report feeling better within a few days or weeks, with full recovery usually taking less than 12 weeks. However, for those who do not recover during this period, they suffer from a long covid or post-covid syndrome. Although many of us are aware of the common symptoms, scientists uncover even more complications as time goes on.

An update for medical professionals published in the British Medical Journal in September this year listed ‘Covid Strangle’ as a symptom of long Covid.

This is classified as ‘sore throat or dry throat with choking sensation’ and ‘changed voice’.

Previously, only a sore throat was associated with the condition.

The paper, produced by a team from different UK universities, recommended referring the patient to a specialist if this side effect did not improve.

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There it says: “If there is no improvement, contact an ear, nose and throat or speech therapist if necessary.”

Researchers say there is “no clear explanation” for why one person “develops long Covid while another recovers quickly”.

However, they say: “Long Covid is more common in those who have been more severely acute
Illness, but can appear after a mild or even asymptomatic illness.

It is more common in people hospitalized, aged 35 to 69, women living in disadvantaged areas, working in health, social care, or education, with a high body mass index, and with more than one prior activity , which restricts the health condition.


“The underlying cause of Long Covid is not fully known, but several interacting mechanisms likely contribute.”

They add: “A chronic, low-grade inflammatory response correlates with the severity of ongoing symptoms in patients who are hospitalized.

“Some patients have evidence of multi-organ microvascular disease characterized by immune thrombosis and endothelial dysfunction, and some show an autoimmune response in which the body begins to recognize its own tissues and organs as foreign.

“Some patients have neurological damage caused by Covid, particularly to the autonomic nervous system, which controls involuntary functions such as heart rate.”

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Other symptoms listed in the update include:

  • Fatigue, low exercise tolerance, deconditioning
  • Shortness of breath on exertion – shortness of breath predominantly with physical activity
  • Altered breathing/breathing pattern disorder
  • chest pain
  • Autonomic dysfunction – palpitations, dizziness, orthostatic tachycardia, gastrointestinal disorders, general pain
  • Brain fog and mental exhaustion
  • dizziness and dizziness
  • loss of smell
  • Rashes, conjunctivitis, flatulence, belching
  • bad sleep
  • Anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), loss of identity and meaning
  • joint and muscle pain.

It also warns of symptom aggravation after exercise.

This is a: “‘Crash’, ‘relapse’, worsening of symptoms (physical, cognitive or emotional) or new symptoms after exertion.”

If someone experiences this, the report recommends medical staff: “Monitor the severity of symptoms and the frequency and pattern of recurrences.

“A patient’s activity diary can record triggers (for a relapse).”

It concludes: “Long Covid affects patients in different ways and to different degrees. Because a key component of nursing is the assessment and management of risk factors and comorbidities, no standard protocol for assessment exists.

“Ideally, each patient should receive a personal consultation, including a full medical history, clinical examination, and review of comorbidities and social circumstances.”

Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk

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