There are three types of long Covid – researchers reveal

Researchers have said there are three different “types” of Long Covid.

Experts from King’s College London said there appear to be three ‘subtypes’ of the condition, each with its own set of symptoms.

The researchers looked at 1,459 people living with long-Covid – defined by the study authors as having symptoms at least 84 days after infection – who took part in the Zoe Health study.

The preprint of the study, published on medRxiv, claims that people with long Covid appear to be divided into three main groups, including:

  • Those with neurological symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog and headaches – most common among those who became infected when the most dominant strains were Alpha and Delta.
  • A second group experienced respiratory symptoms such as chest pain and shortness of breath. This was found more often in those infected during the first wave of the virus.
  • A final group suffers from a variety of symptoms, including heart palpitations, muscle aches and pains, and changes to the skin and hair, King’s College said.

But researchers said these three subtypes were evident in all variants.

Lead clinical author Dr. Claire Steves, from King’s College London, said: “These data clearly show that post-Covid Syndrome is not just one condition but appears to have multiple subtypes.

“Understanding the root causes of these subtypes can aid in the search for treatment strategies.

“Furthermore, this data underscores the need for long Covid services to incorporate a personalized approach that addresses each individual’s concerns.”

First author Dr. Liane Canas of King’s College London added: “These findings could aid in the development of personalized diagnosis and treatment for these individuals.”

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