Severely stressful events may worsen symptoms of long COVID, according to a new study.
The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, found that individuals who experienced a severely stressful event during the COVID-19 pandemic were more likely to report worsening symptoms of long COVID.
The study surveyed 1,200 individuals with long COVID and found that nearly 30% of them experienced a severely stressful event during the pandemic. These events included the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, and financial hardship.
The participants who experienced a severe stressful event were more likely to report worsening symptoms of long COVID, including fatigue, brain fog, and anxiety. They were also more likely to report new onset of symptoms, such as insomnia and gastrointestinal issues.
The study highlights the need for psychological support for individuals with long COVID, as well as the need for future research on the impact of stress on long COVID.
According to new research, experiencing a severely stressful event may worsen the symptoms of long COVID. The study, which is still in its early stages, looked at a small sample of patients who had been diagnosed with long COVID.
Of the patients surveyed, those who had experienced a severely stressful event in the past year were more likely to report worse symptoms than those who had not. The researchers say that the findings suggest that long COVID may be a “stress-sensitive” condition.
While the study is still in its early stages, the findings suggest that long COVID patients should be aware of the potential impact of stress on their condition. If you are experiencing long COVID symptoms, it may be worth speaking to your doctor about ways to manage stress.