People with Long Covid have reported as many as 200 possible symptoms linked to the virus, a new study has revealed.
There are fears the UK will face a fresh health crisis in the years to come as people suffer with the long-term effects of the illness.
The study has emerged as the UK gets set to exit lockdown, with all measures lifting on July 19.
The government is facing pressure over its decision to ease restrictions as cases climbed to nearly 50,000 today in the highest daily rise in six months.
New research shows patients have reported as many as 200 signs and symptoms of Long Covid, Birmingham Live reports.
These range from reproductive symptoms – like a shrinking penis or abnormal periods – to a heightened sense of taste or night terrors.
Athena Akrami, a neuroscientist at University College London, and senior author of the study, said: “A lot of post-Covid clinics in the UK have focused on respiratory rehabilitation.
“It’s true that a lot of people have shortness of breath, but they also have a lot of other problems and types of symptoms that the clinics need to provide a more holistic approach to.”
Commenting on the study, its senior author Dr Athena Akrami, neuroscientist at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre at UCL, said: “While there has been a lot of public discussion around long COVID, there are few systematic studies investigating this population.
“In this unique approach, we have gone directly to ‘long haulers’ around the world in order to establish a foundation of evidence for medical investigation, improvement of care, and advocacy for the long COVID population.
“This is the most comprehensive characterisation of long COVID symptoms, so far.”
She added: “There is now a clear need to widen medical guidelines to assess a far wider range of symptoms when diagnosing long COVID.”
Full list of signs and symptoms Long Covid sufferers reported
High or low blood pressure
Bulging or inflamed veins
Fast heart rate
Brittle or discoloured nails
Feeling full quickly
Loss of appetite
Ear and eye pain
Changes in sensitivity to medication
Joint and muscle pain and aches
Shortness of breath
Abnormally heavy or irregular periods
Decrease in size of penis/testicles
Early menopause, post-menopausal bleeding
Sense of doom
Difficulty problem solving
Tactile and other hallucinations
High or low blood sugar
Forgetting how to do routine tasks,
Short- and long-term memory problems
Inability to cry or yawn
Sensation of brain pressure or warmth
Sensitivity to noise
Tingling/prickling/pins and needles
Restless leg syndrome
Waking early or during the night
Waking unable to breathe.
Difficulty understanding others
Difficulty reading and writing
Speaking unrecognisable words
Loss of or heightened smell and taste.