New Study Finds Millions of People May Have Long Covid Without Ever Testing Positive for Covid-19
A new study published in Neurology, Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation suggests that millions of people may be suffering from long Covid without ever having received an official diagnosis of Covid-19.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at Northwestern Medicine, looked at a small sample of 29 patients who had long Covid symptoms but had never tested positive for Covid-19. The researchers found that 41% of these patients had T cell responses or antibody responses to Covid-19, meaning they had been exposed to the virus.
This suggests that it is possible to develop long Covid even if you never test positive for Covid-19. This is because testing can miss mild or asymptomatic cases of Covid-19, and because the symptoms of long Covid can be similar to those of other conditions.
The researchers say that their findings suggest that a positive diagnosis for Covid-19 should not be a requirement for treating people whose symptoms are in line with long Covid. They also say that “negative long-haulers” should be included in long Covid trials and studies.
Long Covid is a condition that can cause a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive problems, and muscle pain. It can last for months or even years, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life.
The study’s findings highlight the importance of raising awareness about long Covid and ensuring that people who are experiencing symptoms get the support they need.
If you are experiencing long Covid symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for long Covid, but there are a number of things that can help, such as physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication.
It is also important to connect with other people who are living with long Covid. There are a number of online and in-person support groups available.
If you are struggling to cope with long Covid, please reach out for help. There is no shame in asking for support, and there are people who can help you get through this.