Researchers have identified an antibody present in many long-COVID patients that appears weeks after initial infection and disrupts a key immune system regulator. They theorize that this immune disruption may be what produces many long-COVID symptoms. Confirming this link could lead to treatments.

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Very interesting. We had a talk from one of the ID docs at my hospital a few months ago, and at least amongst the researchers here the speculation that some of the symptoms with long-COVID (mainly fatigue and brain fog) were essentially analogous to a concussion. That intuitively made sense to me since many patients who’ve recovered from an acute illness or ICU will still have difficulty concentrating and fatigue months later. I wonder if the idea of “long-COVID” will be teased apart into multiple different problems over time. I wonder how much of the symptoms of long-COVID are specific to COVID vs generalizable sequela of acute illness and there’s finally a big enough sample size to study it properly.

Canuck147

All this research is a silver-lining of the pandemic for those of us who have suffered from conditions like dysautonomia for years! Exciting to finally being taken seriously!

MercutiaShiva

My dad is suffering with long covid, I hope for him and all others this proves to be a massive breakthrough in fighting this vicious virus and the effects its having on people and their families.

TheRealManti

Is anyone talking about how similar long covid is to CFS/ME? For all those suffering from long covid I truly hope it’s not related; I’m going on nine years of “symptoms” at this point.

TwentyCharacterEntry

Over a year and a half later my brother still has no sense of taste; everything tastes like ash or metallic so he has to force himself to eat once every few days. He also has migraines and never had them before. His longest migraine lasted for 3 weeks.

Lord_Rae