While a worldwide, multi-million dollar industry has launched to find a pharmaceutical cure for long COVID and lots of research is being done into finding a solution for long COVID, 2 million people are still suffering from the symptoms in the UK alone. Just like the first days of COVID, research and findings into long COVID are still in their infancy, as the condition is a new player in the global medical industry, whilst people still wonder “is there a cure for long COVID?”.
What research has been carried out into long COVID?
In the U.K. most of the funding for long COVID has been split across nineteen different projects designed to understand the condition. The research is spearheaded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research, which aspires to be a leading force in the fight against COVID and long COVID.
Some of the latest studies have found that the long-term effects of COVID lead to inflammations within the body that cause micro clots to be experienced. If such findings are borne out this may potentially lead to forms of anti-clotting medication being prescribed to some long-haul COVID sufferers in the future, but these are still early days. And everyone is different. Every case of long COVID is different because COVID plays on our weaknesses and tends to affect systems of the body that were weak before infection.
At The Long Haul Lounge, we understand how emotional a question like ‘Is there a cure for long COVID? ‘is. If you are a long-hauler struggling to carry out the basic activities of everyday life knowing that your condition is barely understood by science you would probably try anything just for the promise of a cure. It might shock you to hear that we don’t believe that a complete cure will ever be available in the form of one or two simple pills. Because, long COVID, like M.E. and other chronic post-viral syndromes, is a multi-organ condition provoking long-term health complications. The cells of the brain, heart, lungs, gut and nerves can all be damaged. Inflammation has set in one or more of these organ systems and the immune system is in hyper-drive. Our immune systems are poorly understood in western pharmaceutical research and, in our opinion, it will be at least a decade before the pharmaceutical industry and the medical research establishment will come up with anything that can work at the subtle levels that long COVID is working at.
That is why we devised The AntiViral Life™ Programme for long COVID, as we know that the relief of long hauler symptoms may well not lie in expensive medical trials and test drugs. Rather, we know from our experience treating M.E, Fibromyalgia and other chronic fatigue syndromes, that a holistic approach to healing the body is necessary, that focuses mainly on breathing, the lymphatic system, mitochondria and the nervous system. Continue reading to understand how relief from long COVID is closer than you think.
What is long COVID?
The NHS defines that there are two forms of long COVID that you can be suffering from even after the transmissible part of the virus has left, which are the following:
Ongoing Symptomatic COVID
This is the case if you are still experiencing any symptoms between one to three months after your initial positive test.
Anything that lingers or arises after three months is a long-term COVID sign.
COVID is one of those conditions that can also result in other health issues being experienced that were not initially apparent upon a positive test.
You may therefore find that even if you did not suffer from a certain symptom during your positive period, you develop it months after the initial diagnosis. One of the hardest things to manage during long COVID is the unpredictability of the condition.
When you suffer from long COVID, you will likely suffer from one or more of the following symptoms. 80% of patients with long COVID reported suffering from the main symptoms after twelve weeks of diagnosis.
Anything from tightness in the chest to breathlessness can be experienced. COVID attacks the lungs and damages lung tissue and this damage remains long after the initial infection passes. Those with chronic symptoms usually find that even the lightest of duties can lead to tiredness and a shortage of breath due to lung damage, even if that damage is not detected on routine scans.
This is the most common long COVID symptom, with 56% of patients reporting fatigue as an issue. This can range from feeling tired during the day and having to take breaks to being full-on bed-bound with no energy at all.
The COVID brain fog is said to affect 70% of COVID survivors, with many reporting issues regarding basic memory and cognitive tasks. Some of the main signs of this unwanted long-term problem are forgetfulness (68% of people experience this) and issues with speech (reported by 60% of people).
Muscle and Joint Pain
The effect that COVID takes on the body can vary, but for some, it has a physical impact on muscles and joints. This is because the virus fights against the body’s white blood cells, and the resulting depleted functionality can lead to other problems.
Ear, Nose and Throat Issues
These cover losing your taste and smell to hearing and balance loss, tinnitus, nerve loss or dysfunction, a sense of food stuck in the throat and a long-term sore throat which comes and goes, with or without a cough.
Some people have all these symptoms, and others have none. There is no proven pattern for how COVID manifests itself, which is another reason long COVID is a nightmare to approach for doctors and other health professionals.
How long can COVID last untreated?
COVID can result in a positive test for as long as two weeks, with symptoms typically disappearing within a month. You will generally test positive or experience side effects between two to fourteen days after exposure.
Whether vaccinated or not, you will experience a positive test if you are infected. Those who have chosen to take a COVID vaccine are significantly less likely to develop severe diseases needing hospitalisation. For those who do unfortunately suffer from symptoms for more than three months, there is no timescale for how long things can last. A large cohort of people who caught COVID in March 2020, two and a half years ago, are still suffering from long COVID. Therefore, we recommend you start The AntiViral Life™ Programme for long COVID as soon as you think you have long COVID.
Is there a cure for long COVID?
Whilst there is no magic pill to eliminate long COVID, there are natural treatments explored in our programme which will improve or resolve your symptoms. Our key advice is to first take time to understand exactly what COVID is doing to your body and brain, so this is explained in the first part of The AntiViral Life™ Programme. We treat all of the symptoms of long COVID in our programme. We use a tried and tested protocol with great success.
You could see it like this: You have two options: Medical and Natural.
The Medical route involves doctors and hospital appointments, blood tests, scans, and maybe physiotherapists and consultants. You will be told what your heart is doing and lungs are doing but not given any treatment for this. You may or may not see damage to your organs on scan results. If your heart is suffering you may be given heart medication. If you are demonstrating extreme auto-immune symptoms you may be prescribed immune suppressants or steroids. You could, in these circumstances, find some relief for one or two of your long COVID symptoms, so long as you stay on the medication.
The natural route is what we are pioneering here at The Long Haul Lounge. It doesn’t depend on medication or blood tests. We teach you to take back control of your body and we show you how. We guide you through every way we know, step by step. Long COVID is caused by a virus (SARS –CoV–2) and human beings have been fighting off viruses for millions of years. This is not a new situation, just a new virus. COVID is a virus that depletes us of strength and energy, so the way to fight it off is to build all your defences up naturally.
We have three programmes for you to choose from:
The AntiViral Life™ Programme for long COVID
The AntiViral Life™ Programme for long COVID is our complete programme which tackles all your symptoms from every angle, naturally.
Breathing for Long COVID
Breathing for Long COVID – After COVID you need to retrain your lungs and the muscles around them. If your long-haul sentence has seen you suffering from breathing and chest issues, this is your solution.
Learning how to breathe when lung capacity is limited will mean that, over time, you can stop being limited by.
Yoga for Long COVID
Yoga for Long COVID – Weeks, months or even years of doing less than you did pre-COVID has left you deconditioned, even if you are not aware of it. Think back to yourself two years ago. Spot the difference! Yoga is the solution. It will not cause you to crash afterwards and it doesn’t strain your cardiovascular system. Yet it does strengthen muscles, stretch and loosen joints, increase circulation and lymphatic flow and calm the nervous system. It helps you to breathe again, too.