Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Symptoms of prolonged COVID have been shown to last for at least eight months after infection, after a new study identified its immune profile to help tailor treatment.

Samples taken from unvaccinated humans during Australia’s first COVID-19 outbreak show a persistent inflammatory response, suggesting that long COVID is “very different from other infections”, according to the research.

Watch the video above to hear about Australian researchers’ discovery of long-lasting COVID

The team from UNSW Sydney’s Kirby Institute analyzed data along with – and collected by – St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

The first study describing the effect of long-term COVID on the immune system through laboratory analysis may lead to specific treatment for those with persistent symptoms, the research found.

About 30 percent of unvaccinated people who received COVID-19 and were part of the study experienced long-term symptoms.

One of them, Peter Thomson, has spent the last 17 months in and out of the hospital after getting the virus.

“It’s a life destroyer. It’s a soul destroyer,” he told 7NEWS from the hospital.

“I still have no taste, I still have no smell.”

Longtime COVID sufferer Peter Thomson spoke to 7NEWS about his ordeal from the hospital.
Longtime COVID sufferer Peter Thomson spoke to 7NEWS about his ordeal from the hospital. Credit: 7NEWS

Another longtime COVID patient, Simon Strum, says he is still suffering even though he was diagnosed with the virus in June 2021.

“I can not think so clearly, (I am) very forgetful, I lose my balance sometimes,” he said.

Rick Walters, also a long-term covid sufferer, said it was good to have scientific validation of the difficulties he has been exposed to.

“At first I thought I was just going to get better, but it became clear that the damage to my lung was permanent and I was getting quite anxious,” he said.

“I’ve had some trouble adjusting to my current health. COVID should not be taken lightly.”

When a person becomes infected with a virus, the immune system turns on to help fight it.

Simon Strum received COVID-19 in June 2021.
Simon Strum received COVID-19 in June 2021. Credit: 7NEWS

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