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Dr. Fauci's 'Severe' Signs You Have COVID

The long-term health complications of coronavirus are extensive.

The majority of people who are infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms, none at all, or severe infections but make a complete recovery. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, there are a good number of people who suffer long-term health damage as a result of an infection. During the National Academy of Medicine's virtual event, "Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health & Society: Covid-19 and Climate Change," the key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force listed some of the severe manifestations of the virus that people are experiencing, with many failing to recover. 

He revealed a startling fact: that "we are starting to notice as we get more and more experience that there's a considerable degree" of long-term—and often serious—health complications. Here are the ones that he mentioned: Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.


Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Woman suffering respiration problems sitting on a couch in the living room at home

"The manifestations of severe disease are plentiful," Fauci revealed, explaining that most predominant is respiratory distress syndrome, which could mean rapid, shallow breathing and a sharp pulling in of the chest. 


Cardiac Dysfunction

man having heart attack

A number of COVID patients suffer extensive damage to their heart, which can include heart failure. 


Arrhythmias and Cardiomyopathy

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Arrhythmias and cardiomyopathy, which are irregularities in the heartbeat, can often lead to sudden death, explains Dr. Fauci. Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat is also a common complaint of long haulers. According to the highly annotated Long Hauler Symptoms Survey 509 out of 1,537 people reported irregular or erratic heartbeat. 

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Kidney Injury

Man suffering from back pain and kidney stones

Some individuals are experiencing extensive damage to their kidneys, Fauci points out. In fact, the damage can be so extensive, that patients require dialysis. 


Neurological Disorders

woman with closed eyes suffering from headache

Headache, dizziness, lingering loss of smell or taste, muscle weakness, nerve damage, and trouble thinking or concentrating are all examples of neurological complications of COVID survivors. 


Blood Clotting Issues

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Fauci explained that "a peculiar hypercoagulability with microthrombi and small vessels" is a serious complication of COVID. 



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Some COVID patients experience a stroke, provoked by a "thromboembolic phenomenon"—blood clotting issues—explains Fauci.  Some of these people are "otherwise normal individuals" in regards to their health. 

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Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome

Sick child in bed, mother holding thermometer, comforting poor girl

Fauci also mentions that children are prone to a "curious" multi-system inflammatory syndrome, "very reminiscent of Kawasaki syndrome."


Shortness of Breath

Asian woman having difficulty breathing in bedroom at night

One of the more common symptoms of long haulers due to respiratory damage is shortness of breath. Some people have trouble breathing for months on end. According to the long hauler survey 1,020 out of 1,567 reported this symptom. 



woman lying on sofa having fever

Nearly every single long hauler reports feeling exhausted. According to the Long Hauler Symptoms Survey, a feeling of chronic fatigue is the most common long hauler symptom, reported by nearly every single one of the 1,567-plus people included.


Muscle Aches

female touching neck and shoulder in pain.

Fauci mentioned that muscle aches are also a possible long-term symptom of COVID. 


Temperature Dysregulation

The surprised girl holds a thermometer in her hands.

COVID survivors also experience irregular temperature for months on end. 


Brain Fog

depressed Indian woman holding head in hands, sitting alone on couch at home

Dr. Fauci reveals that many people experience brain fog, or "inability to concentrate." This was one of the more common symptoms reported by long haulers, with 924—about 59%—reported this debilitating symptom. 

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Dr. Fauci's Takeaways

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Fauci revealed that long haulers are a priority in terms of COVID research. "We're putting a major study on seeing exactly the extent of this post COVID-19 syndrome," he revealed during his lecture. "The idea of being able to just let this infection go through the community and only be concerned about those in nursing homes clearly is flawed because there are so many people that are generally in the community who are susceptible to severe disease." As for yourself, if you experience any of the above, contact a medical professional immediately, and protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
Leah Groth has decades of experience covering all things health, wellness and fitness related. Read more about Leah