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Health problems persist for COVID-19 “long haulers”

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - For some people that contract COVID-19, the battle does not end after a two week quarantine.

People who have recovered from COVID-19, but have one or more chronic symptoms that continue for many months are what are known as COVID-19 "long haulers." Common symptoms of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome include fatigue, muscle weakness and chest pain. Anyone who contracts COVID-19 is subject to health problems afterwards. Dr. Aurora Pop-Vicas at UW Health in Madison said that the best way to avoid these problems is by following safety precautions to not contract COVID-19.

"Now that we see this impacting a huge number of people and affecting their daily lives, I think that's an additional impetus for all of us to do as much as we can to prevent further infections and transmissions within our society," said Dr. Pop-Vicas.

The syndrome is less common in patients who had mild COVID-19 infection and did not require hospitalization. It is not yet known if factors like race, age or gender affects who is most susceptible to post-acute COVID-19 syndrome.

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