Three-quarters of COVID-19 patents still suffer from at least one lingering symptom after six months, according to a new Chinese study. Researchers followed almost 2,000 Wuhan patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 and found that the most common post-infection symptoms were fatigue or muscle weakness and sleep problems.
According to Euronews, the study published in The Lancet also noted that anxiety and depression also plagued patients with long-term symptoms, often referred to as long haulers. Several of the patients who were not included in the study died from complications of COVID-19 because they had underlying medical issues that were exacerbated by the disease.
The largest worldwide study of its kind published Jan. 5 reported patients recovering from COVID-19 may suffer symptoms for months and many are unable to return to work at full capacity six months after infection. The term for this prolonged illness is “long COVID,” and the symptoms experienced by these patients include shortness of breath, migraines, chronic fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction.
According to CNBC, the study which has not been peer-reviewed, included data from researchers who surveyed close to 4,000 people ages 18 to 80 from 56 countries. It found that these long haulers suffered 205 symptoms in 10 organs, with 66 symptoms that lasted over 7 months.
The researchers found that the most reported symptoms such as fatigue, tiredness after exertion, and cognitive dysfunction often referred to as brain fog, lasted for at least six months. Moreover, 45% of respondent said they had to reduce their workload as a result of their disabling symptoms while 22.3% said they could not work at all. According to Euronews, a full 96% reported symptoms of patients in that study that lasted more than 90 days.
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