COVID-19 vaccination has minimized many risks and complications associated with the infection. Even with breakthrough cases, and some chances of contracting COVID-19 possible, it is now known that most vaccinated people, who do get COVID-19 have a considerably lower viral load, milder symptoms, decreased risk of severe complications, and most of all, could also recover quicker.
But could someone who is vaccinated suffer from long-term effects of a COVID-19 infection?
Long COVID, as the phenomenon has emerged continues to be one of the most confusing long-term health effects associated with COVID-19 infection. While the risk tends to be higher for those who suffer from severe illness, even mild or asymptomatic people could continue to have some lingering symptoms.
Long COVID is described as a set of lingering symptoms of the infection, which continue to impact a patient’s health and overall well-being weeks or months after testing negative.
While some of the symptoms are linked to the present viral debris and widespread inflammation caused by the virus, many viral diseases are known to cause lingering symptoms as well. However, the impact of long COVID is so far, the most severe. Some of the symptoms that could affect a person suffering from long COVID include persistent cough, breathlessness, chest pain, digestive ailments, weakness, fatigue, myalgia, anxiety, insomnia etc.
Vaccines considerably bring down the risk of infection. That being said, they do not fully protect you, and given the variants in circulation right now, there’s a high risk that exists for someone who has just been partially vaccinated.
Post full vaccination, when the immunity is said to peak, the risk of infection, as well as outcomes minimize well. From a low risk of hospitalization to severe disease, vaccination can very well save you from a lot of ill-effects. However, there very much is the risk of catching the infection, developing some symptoms is possible and hence, in theory, it is absolutely possible to develop long COVID too.
However, there isn’t evidence-backed data present to determine the risks, and the chances yet.
Despite this, scientists do remain hopeful that COVID vaccines, much like other vaccines, could work their way to reduce the likelihood, duration of symptoms and long-term complications. How well it works is something practically, we’ll only learn in the coming months.
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