- Nearly 54% of people recovering from COVID-19 report experiencing at least one symptom, a new study finds
- There is little change in the number of people experiencing short-term versus long-term symptoms of the virus.
- About 40% of COVID survivors will suffer from some form of functional impairment or chronic fatigue
- Long-lasting COVID-19 will have long-term effects, and researchers recommend physicians from all disciplines work together to help patients
A new study has found that more than half of COVID-19 survivors experience symptoms of the virus six months after recovery.
Researchers at Pennsylvania State University in Center County conducted a meta-analysis of previous studies examining patients who said they still had symptoms months after initially testing positive.
Symptoms such as cognitive impairment, anxiety and chronic fatigue were most commonly reported after recovery from the virus.
The teams say the implications for the health care world going forward are large, as it suggests that millions of people will exhibit severe symptoms, and potentially for years.
More than half of patients experience COVID-19 symptoms six months after recovery (long-term, right), which is equivalent to the sum of the short-term and intermediate-term periods after recovery from the virus.
Cognitive impairment and difficulty concentrating are common neurological conditions that COVID patients face post recovery. Many people will also develop anxiety after recovering from the virus.
More than half of the people who recovered from COVID-19 were still showing abnormalities in the chest or needed some extra help to breathe comfortably. Less than half of the patients also reported some kind of functional impairment
The researchers, who published their findings Wednesday in the JAMA Network Open, used 57 studies from 19 countries that included more than 250,000 participants.
Among the participants, nearly 200,000 were hospitalized due to complications caused by the virus.
Long term COVID symptoms were divided into short term within a month of recovery; intermediate period, two to five months after recovery; And for a long time, even six months after recovery, the symptoms are still being felt.
The number of patients reporting symptoms at each individual stage remained constant.
The researchers found that 54 percent of patients were experiencing long-term symptoms of covid, which were equivalent to falling symptoms in short or intermediate terms.
The amount of symptoms reported after recovery was widespread, however, because the virus affected people’s bodies differently.
Less than 40% of people who recover from COVID-19 will experience fatigue even after the virus is gone
Because of this, the researchers divided symptoms into five different categories: general symptoms, mental health disorders, mobility impairments, neurological disorders, and respiratory disorders.
The most common neurological disorders were difficulty concentrating, memory deficits, and cognitive impairment.
One study included in the analysis found that more than 40 percent of patients suffered from cognitive impairment after recovery.
Overall, the researchers found that one in four patients who recover from COVID will experience some sort of difficulty concentrating while in line.
A meta analysis found that 30 percent of COVID-19 survivors will face anxiety after recovery, a figure of nearly 70 percent in one study, the most common of any mental health disorders. .
The most common symptoms were respiratory disorders, with more than 60 percent of patients having chest imaging abnormalities or now requiring some assistance to breathe comfortably.
Fatigue classified as a common symptom was also common, with an average of only 40 percent of patients reporting it months after recovery.
All these symptoms are the result of what medical professionals have long referred to as COVID, a mysterious condition that has baffled some experts.
How, or why, covid affects some is not yet known, which makes the condition difficult to treat or cure.
The majority of survivors included in the study were hospitalized, most likely due to the higher number of findings the analysis found. Pictured: A nurse in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. treats a COVID-19 patient in
Findings from the Penn State meta analysis suggest that the scope of long-term covids is wider than many people think, with a total of 23 different symptoms associated with the virus, which are treated in many areas of medicine.
The researchers believe that subjects’ doctors should work together to treat patients and address all of their potential symptoms after they have recovered.
‘Our results suggest that clinical management’ [long Covid symptoms] A whole-patient approach will be needed, the researchers write in the study, which includes management tools such as virtual rehabilitation platforms and chronic care for post-acute COVID-19 symptoms.
There are limitations to the study, however.
First, the majority of participants in all studies were hospitalized with the virus, meaning the average participant suffered a more severe case than the average COVID survivor.
In addition, many studies focused on a specific comorbidity that did not include others, skewing the data because a study looking for that specific symptom can increase the number.
This can especially be seen with the respiratory disease category, where unusually large numbers of people are reporting serious issues.