Long Covid? Join the Stellies Research Registry to help you track your symptoms

Professor Resia Pretorius from the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University talks to Pippa Hudson about the research.

Prof Pretorius would like to document your symptoms in a South African online registry. And if you live in the Western Cape, she also wants your blood sample.

After acute Covid-19, in some cases recovery can take months as patients continue to struggle with long-term effects and recurring symptoms. It manifests as a collection of persistent symptoms, which last for 90 days or even longer.

Pippa Hudson chats with Resia Pretorius from the Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University and Pippa Hudson talks about the research. on current research.

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Pretorius says the most common symptoms are recurring episodes of extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, and shortness of breath.

Patients also complain of sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression. Other common complaints are also forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating.

Resia Pretorius, Department of Physiological Sciences – University of Stellenbosch

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In fact, she says, a recent publication links 150 symptoms to a long Covid.

The Department of Physiological Sciences at Stellenbosch University is tracking symptoms to try to better understand this syndrome.

It sets up an online registry to help track cases.

We are very happy to have this registry online now, to help better understand this disease and determine the long Covid in South Africa.

Resia Pretorius, Department of Physiological Sciences – University of Stellenbosch

She says they have already started studying blood samples from people with long Covid.

Our preliminary data has shown us that some people may suffer from different inflammatory molecules present in their blood.

Resia Pretorius, Department of Physiological Sciences – University of Stellenbosch

Anyone in South Africa can join the registry, but blood samples to help determine an individual’s case will only be available in vineyards in Cape Town and the wider Cape region.

If you would like to support this research effort, please complete the COVID Long Register online here.

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