What you need to know about long haul COVID before a holiday weekend

An estimated 23 million Americans are suffering from symptoms of “long COVID.” It’s being called the pandemic after the pandemic.

While many who get COVID won’t end up in the hospital, long-haul COVID is something people should be aware of.

An estimated 23 million Americans are suffering from symptoms of “long COVID.” It’s being called the pandemic after the pandemic.

“Long haul COVID is very real and people can be impacted for a while,” said Henry Ford Health’s Dr. Dennis Cunningham.

The issue with long haul COVID is that many won’t realize the implications till well after they originally had COVID-19.

Read more: ‘I had all of these bizarre symptoms’: What ‘long COVID’ means and how it’s affecting millions

According to the CDC, one in five adults have a health condition that might be related to their previous COVID infection. He also mentions that those that experience long haul COVID can experience symptoms 15 months after the initial infection.

Long COVID Symptoms:

  • Brain fog
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Tinnitus
  • Fatigue
  • Increases in heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

“I hope people are being careful because I know everyone including me is tired of COVID at this point,” said Cunningham

Related: Michigan Medicine opens COVID ‘long haul’ clinic for adults, children


About the Authors:

Dr. McGeorge can be seen on Local 4 News helping Metro Detroiters with health concerns when he isn't helping save lives in the emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital.

Elizabeth Washington is a Digital Producer and has been with Local 4 News since April 2022.