Long COVID & Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases

Those suffering from systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases have an increased risk of severe outcomes from a COVID-19 infection. Due to factors such as altered immunity or the use of immunosuppressive medications, they may also be at risk of developing Long COVID.

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Fatigue and Cognitive Impairment in Long Covid Patients

A subset of COVID-19 patients have been observed to develop post-COVID syndrome – a collection of symptoms that develop during or after COVID-19 that lasts longer than 12 months. Researchers in Germany asked whether fatigue and cognitive impairment are indeed associated with a COVID-19 infection, and whether fatigue and cognitive impairment are separate conditions or appear together in the same cohort of patients.

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Autoimmunity, SARS-CoV-2 Infections, and Neurological Disorders

New evidence suggests that an autoimmune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus is responsible for neurological disorders in some COVID-19 patients. A 2022 review by Dr. Daniela Latorre from the Institute of Microbiology in Zurich, Switzerland, explains the “current knowledge of immune responses occurring in Neuro-COVID patients” and the potential mechanisms for developing neurological complications alongside SARS-CoV-2 infection. 

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