What's in a name?
If there is one constant companion during the post COVID experience, it is unfortunately confusion. Confusion about symptoms. Confusion about treatment. And confusion about terms. This is especially true for the post COVID condition.
The National Institute of Health has called the condition of prolonged symptoms after a COVID-19 infection “Post-Acute Sequelae of Sars-COV2 infection,” or PASC. At the Mayo Clinic, we have been using the name “Post COVID Syndrome” (PCS) since the spring of 2020. So, which is the real name? The simple answer is both.
PASC can include a wide variety of symptoms and conditions after a COVID-19 infection. For example, lingering shortness of breath alone after COVID-19 would be part of the PASC condition. So too would-be on-going problems with smell.
In addition to these single symptoms, there are many patients that experience a group of symptoms together. These symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, troubles thinking, and neurological problems. This group of symptoms is a unique condition that Mayo Clinic recognizes as PCS.