Most Covid-19 patients have at least 1 symptom 6 months on
Jan 13 2021
More than three-quarters of Covid-19 patients who required hospitalization had related health issues 6 months after SARS-CoV-2 infection in a study of more than 1,700 early patients from Wuhan, China.
The study performed several exams on the COVID patients to see how they were faring after their hospital stay.
The breakdown of the most frequent symptoms displayed months later is as follows: fatigue or muscle weakness (63 percent), sleep difficulties (26 percent), and anxiety or depression (23 percent).
"COVID-19 is a relatively new disease, so we still don't know everything about how it works", Cao stated.
Additionally, patients who averagely aged 57 years old were visited between the months of June and September last year. "The study also focuses on the need for countries to make post-discharge care available, especially for patients who suffer from severe cases of infectious disease". Of the 822 patients who had normal kidney function when they entered the hospital, the study reveals 107 (13%) suffered from reduced organ function during their follow-up six months later.
They said longer term multidisciplinary research being conducted in the United States and Britain would help improve understanding and help develop therapies to "mitigate the long-term consequences of Covid-19 on multiple organs and tissues".
"Our work also underscores the importance of conducting longer follow-up studies in larger populations in order to understand the full spectrum of effects that Covid-19 can have on people".
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"We've been concentrating on controlling patients who were severely ill, because of the situation we had in our hands", Deeks stated.
The authors acknowledge that the study may not be the first to address the issue of long-term persistent symptoms, also known as "Long COVID" but they believe that most studies published to date appear to have either used patient samples that were too small or too short a timeframe, as many studies were carried out over a maximum period of three months. A King's College study, which has not been reviewed, also stated that nearly 100 out of 4,000 COVID-19 patients didn't recover from the illness three months after they started experiencing symptoms.
Nevertheless, they described the study by Huang and colleagues as "relevant and timely", noting that more than half of the cohort presented with residual chest imaging abnormalities and that disease severity during acute illness was independently associated with extent of lung diffusion at follow-up. The discharged patients also underwent physical examinations, lab tests, and a six-minute walking test to gauge their endurance levels.
According to the findings, fatigue and muscle weakness are the most common symptoms to persist.
The team explained, longer-term multidisciplinary study now being conducted would help in improving the understanding and development of treatments to alleviate the long-term effects of COVID-19 "on multiple tissues and organs".
According to research published on Saturday, this presents the need to further investigate the lingering effects of COVID-19.