peer-reviewed study from the United Kingdom published in The Lancet Journal has
found that the Omicron variant of Coronavirus is less likely to cause long
Covid than other previous variants.
of data from the ZOE COVID Symptom study app, researchers with King’s College
London found that the chances of developing long Covid after Covid-19
infections were 20 to 50 % lower in Omicron patients in the UK compared to
Delta patients. It, however, varied depending on the patients’ age and when
their last vaccination was taken.
Some of the
common symptoms of long Covid include shortness of breath, anxiety, depression,
muscle aches, loss of smell and taste, cognitive dysfunction, which people call
brain fog, as well as fatigue that last for months. However, the research team
found that still, there are a good number of long Covid patients. People who
have undergone double vaccination are better insulated against long Covid but triple
vaccination did not make substantial difference.
King’s research, 4.5% of the 56,003 people studied during Omicron’s peak in
four months up to March 2022, reported long COVID compared to 10.8% of 41,361
people during the Delta wave, in six months up to November 2021. The study did
not compare vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. The team said that more
study was needed to identify why Omicron patients have lesser chances of long
Covid than other variants.
Dr Janet Diaz, Team Lead with the World Health Organization “any patient or
person who develops post COVID-19 condition should seek care. The care pathways
should be multidisciplinary in nature, meaning that they can include your
primary care provider as well as relevant specialist rehab professionals,
social care workers, psychosocial workers, mental health professionals. And
that's the type of care people with post COVID-19 condition should receive. In
regards to a specific treatment, we don't yet have one. The reason is because
we don't yet understand why this develops. So, as we're learning more about the
actual reason or mechanism of the disease developing, then we hope to have a
specific treatment. Preventing Covid-19 is the best way to prevent long Covid.
Take vaccines, use masks, keep physical distancing , regularly hand wash to
keep Covid-19 away.”