A new Long Covid study found survivors two years after their first coronavirus infection are in poorer health than the general population
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For those who have recovered from Covid-19, long-term effects and symptoms are an unfortunate reality.
In fact, an estimated 1.3 million people in the UK suffer from self-reported long-Covid symptoms, according to the Office for National Statistics.
A new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found evidence that a significant proportion of people who have recovered from Covid-19 had at least one persistent major symptom for up to two years after being infected.
Researchers found that the predominant symptoms involved long-term effects on multiple organs in the body.
While most Covid survivors had returned to work since their illness, half still suffered from fatigue, the follow-up study found.
“Regardless of the initial severity of the illness, survivors of Covid-19 had longitudinal improvements in physical and mental health, with most returning to their original jobs within two years; however, the burden of symptomatic episodes remained quite high,” the Lancet said in the summary of his study.
“Covid-19 survivors were in remarkably poorer health than the general population at two years.
“The study results show that there is an urgent need to explore the pathogenesis of long covid and to develop effective interventions to reduce the risk of long covid,” she added.
Study co-leader Rachel Evans of the National Institute for Health and Care Research stated, “The limited recovery from five months to one year post-hospitalization in our study in terms of symptoms, mental health, physical capacity, organ impairment, and Quality of life is striking. “
“Without effective treatments, long covid could become a widespread new long-term disease,” warned study co-leader Christopher Brightling of the University of Leicester.
The most common long Covid symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- bad sleep
- Slow down physically
Many people feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks, the NHS says.
The national health agency added: “But in some people, symptoms can last longer.
“The likelihood of having long-term symptoms does not appear to be related to how sick you are when you first get Covid-19.
“People who initially had mild symptoms can still have long-term problems.”
Of those with self-reported long Covid, 275,000 (21 percent) had (or suspected they had) Covid for the first time less than 12 weeks previously; 947,000 people (71 percent) first had it (or suspected they had it) at least 12 weeks earlier, and 554,000 (42 percent) first became infected at least a year earlier.
Long Covid symptoms affected the daily activities of 836,000 people (63 percent of those with self-reported Long Covid), with 244,000 (18 percent) saying their ability to go about their daily activities was “severely limited”.
Fatigue continued to be the most common symptom reported in the experience of those with Long Covid (50 percent), followed by shortness of breath (37 percent).
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/half-covid-hospital-survivors-still-26942945 Half of Covid hospital survivors still have persistent symptoms after 2 years, study finds