The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has explained the concept of Long-Covid, its symptoms and how to prevent it.
"Long-Covid, also referred to as post-Covid-19 syndrome, is a term used to describe Covid-19 symptoms that continue to affect people for many weeks or months after contracting the virus," the MoPH said in an infographic on social media Wednesrday.
The common symptoms of Long-Covid are extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, joint pain, depression and anxiety, chest pain or tightness, and insomnia.
Explaining who is at risk, the infographic says most people recover quickly from Covid-19, but anyone can experience the ongoing symptoms of Long-Covid. Due to their increased vulnerability and often weakened immune systems, the elderly are more susceptible to long-term complications due to Covid-19.
The best form of prevention, the MoPH says, is to follow all steps to reduce the risk of contracting Covid-19: wear a mask, maintain physical distance, avoid large gatherings and wash hands regularly.
"It is also important that people who experience signs and symptoms of Covid-19 do not delay seeking help. The sooner medical teams can begin treating the symptoms, the higher the chance of avoiding complications," it adds.