Long COVID is a post-acute condition that can affect people who have either had COVID-19 or were exposed to the spike proteins. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, can affect nearly every tissue and organ in the body, and last for months or even years.
A study of nearly 10,000 Americans has uncovered new details about Long COVID. The study was coordinated through the NIH’s Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery initiative and published in JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
One of the main areas of research on Long COVID is the role of spike proteins. Spike proteins are the proteins on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that help it to attach to and enter cells. A study published in PubMed shows evidence that spike proteins can cause inflammation and damage to cells and tissues throughout the body. This damage can lead to a variety of Long COVID symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, and muscle pain.
Scientists are also studying how spike proteins can cause Long COVID symptoms in different ways. One way is through the production of antibodies. Antibodies are proteins that the body produces to fight infection. However, in some cases, antibodies can attack healthy cells and tissues, causing inflammation and damage.
Another area of research is how spike proteins can affect the nervous system. The SARS-CoV-2 virus can enter the brain and spinal cord, and spike proteins have been found in the brains of people with long COVID. This suggests that spike proteins may be involved in the neurological symptoms of long COVID, such as brain fog and fatigue.
Research on long COVID is ongoing. Scientists are still learning about the causes and mechanisms of the condition. The research provides important insights into how Long COVID can develop, what post-pandemic factors cause it, and how those who have it can be helped to regain their health.
By understanding the causes, scientists can develop more effective treatments and improve the lives of those who are living with this condition.
The Holistic Approach to Post Pandemic Health Factors
Dr. Freddie Ulan, founder of Nutrition Response Testing® has been actively researching this topic. Many practitioners are reporting that upwards of fifty percent of their patients now have symptoms caused by post-pandemic factors. This is not surprising, as the CDC recently stated that one-in-five American adults who have had COVID-19 still have Long COVID symptoms..
The Ulan Nutritional Systems (UNS) Fall Symposium 2023 will dive deeper into this new clinical breakthrough from Dr. Ulan. The program will cover both the clinical data surrounding post-pandemic issues and holistic solutions to helping people overcome them. The Symposium is at the Hilton Carillon, St. Petersburg, FL. November 3 – 5, 2023.
With continued research, scientists and holistic health care practitioners will be able to better understand this condition and develop more effective ways to address the symptoms.