Post-COVID Syndrome Oct 2, 2021 3:53:33 GMT
Post by Admin on Oct 2, 2021 3:53:33 GMT
New study looks at post-COVID syndrome
The study showed that 37% of those who had COVID-19 were left with at least one symptom three to six months later, including breathlessness, fatigue, abdominal pain, anxiety and depression.
Among thousands of the earliest survivors of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, nearly half had at least one persistent symptom a full year after being released from the hospital, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open.
The study followed up with 2,433 adult patients who had been hospitalized in one of two hospitals in Wuhan early on in the pandemic. Most had nonsevere cases, but a small number had severe COVID-19 and required intensive care. All of the patients were discharged between February 12 and April 10, 2020, and the study follow-up took place in March of 2021.
Overall, 45 percent of the patients reported at least one symptom in that one-year follow-up. The most common symptoms were fatigue, sweating, chest tightness, anxiety, and myalgia (muscle pain). Having a severe case of COVID-19 increased the likelihood of long-lingering symptoms; 54 percent of the 680 severe cases reported at least one symptom after a year. But persistent symptoms were also common among the nonsevere cases, with 41.5 percent of 1,752 nonsevere cases reporting at least one symptom a year later.
The data echo that of other studies, which have also found that it is not rare for people with milder cases of COVID-19 to experience persistent symptoms. A small Norwegian study published by Nature Medicine in June found 55 percent of 247 nonhospitalized patients with mild-to-moderate disease had persistent symptoms six months after testing positive. A UK study involving 273,618 COVID-19 patients noted that more than half of nonhospitalized patients reported features of long-COVID within a six-month follow-up period. That study was published earlier this week in PLOS Medicine.