Hair loss, low sex drive added to Long-Covid symptoms list

Hair loss and low sex drive have been added to the list of long-lasting Covid symptoms in a study, bringing the total to 62.

Opinion is divided on the condition, with experts contesting the definitive list of symptoms and a time frame for how long the condition will last after infection.

Loss of smell, shortness of breath and chest pain were the most common long-term Covid symptoms in the study, along with amnesia, an inability to perform familiar movements and hallucinations. Patients have been found to fit into one of three categories based on their symptoms: breathing problems, mental health, or cognitive problems.

The study suggests that women, younger people and those from a black, mixed race or other ethnic group are at higher risk of long-term illness from Covid.

In addition, people from poorer backgrounds, smokers, people who are overweight, and the presence of a range of health problems have been associated with reporting persistent symptoms. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in England looked at the symptoms reported by people who had new health concerns more than three months after contracting Covid.

Lead author Dr. Shamil Haroon, Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health, led the project, which saw his team analyze electronic health records from 2.4 million people in the UK collected between January 2020 and April 2021.

Almost half a million had contracted the virus. Their general health was compared to those who did not have Covid.

People who tested positive were much more likely to report 62 symptoms 12 weeks after initial infection than those who didn’t contract the virus, the study found.

The researchers also calculated that 12 weeks after contracting the virus, people with Covid were 6.5 times more likely to lose their smell than people who were not infected. The risk was four times higher for hair loss, 2.6 times higher for ejaculation difficulties and 2.4 times higher for low libido.

Anuradhaa Subramanian from the University of Birmingham and lead author of the article, published in naturopathysaid: “Our data analysis of risk factors is of particular interest because it helps us to consider what could possibly lead to or contribute to a long Covid-19 pandemic.”

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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