Many people who have been dealing with the long-lasting symptoms of COVID19 after recovery are hesitant to take the vaccine thinking that the shots that are designed to protect them from the virus will make their symptoms even worse. However, many people who have been infected with the virus in the past and have been dealing with lingering symptoms of the disease have said that they have felt some relief after they have received the shot. A social media group has done a survey called Survivors Corps that has found that around 39 percent of participants have seen a mild reduction to a full relief in their lingering symptoms after; they have been given the shot. The survey has enrolled around 966 survivors of COVID19. Nearly 46 percent of them have said that their symptoms have remained the same after the vaccination. Around 14 percent of people have said that their lingering symptoms have turned even worse after they have taken the shot. Many people who have participated in the survey have said that their extreme fatigue episodes have reduced after they have taken the COVID19 vaccine.
The survey has caught the attention of Dr. Akiko Iwaski, who is a professor of immunology at Yale University. She has said that it is not something she has expected. She is going to conduct a study on people who are dealing with long COVID. Dr. Iwaski has said that she will collect their blood and saliva samples to see immune responses before and after they are vaccinated to confirm the findings of the poll. Dr. Akiko Iwaski has said that long COVID might occur if pieces of the virus are hidden in the body even after recovery. She has said that COVID19 vaccines trigger robust antibody and T-cell responses that can wash away the remnants of the virus that are leading to inflammation. It might be a stable solution to long COVID. Another theory is that long COVID might be occurring due to hyperactive autoimmune response. Dr. Iwaski has said that vaccines might lessen these triggers. She has said that health experts have not been able to find an effective treatment for long COVID; therefore, this survey might be quite crucial. Some patients have said that after recovering from the COVID19 infection, they have been feeling dizziness, headaches, and tiredness for more than a year but after receiving the vaccine, they have seen a happy improvement.
The survey has noted that after the second dose of the vaccine, long haulers have felt even better. These COVID19 survivors have seen some positive changes in their bodies after completing their vaccine regime. Health experts from Yale University are planning to enroll nearly 100 people who have been dealing with long COVID in their study. They will test whether COVID19 vaccines can make a significant and positive difference in the overall health of long haulers. They as well will see whether the effect of the vaccine will be long-lasting or not. Experts have said that the findings of the survey might help in other ailments that are caused by viruses such as chronic fatigue syndrome.