COVID-19 survivors face lingering health issues 6 months after leaving hospital

COVID-19 survivors face lingering health issues 6 months after leaving hospital

According to Euronews, a full 96% reported symptoms of patients in that study that lasted more than 90 days.

Most Covid-19 patients who had been hospitalised, still suffered a variety of symptoms even six months after the infection, a study says.

It found that fatigue or muscle weakness were the most common symptoms, while people also reported sleeping difficulties.

The researchers found that the most common single issue (63%) was ongoing fatigue and muscle weakness. "Furthermore, no studies have yet reported the extra-pulmonary organ manifestations that could persist after damage in acute stage or are new onset after discharge", they wrote. Follow-up visits were done, and the median follow-up time was 186 days.

They answered questions about the symptoms they encountered, as well as their health-related quality of life.

It comes as mainland China saw its biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in over five months, the country's health authority said on Monday, as new infections in Hebei province surrounding Beijing continued to rise. Our analysis indicates that most patients continue to live with at least some of the effects of the virus after leaving hospital, and highlights a need for post-discharge care, particularly for those who experience severe infections. The aim of the study was to describe the long-term health consequences of patients with Covid-19 who have been discharged from hospital and investigate the associated risk factors, in particular disease severity, it said.

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The patients who were studied had a median age of 57.

Another worrying finding was that follow-up blood antibody tests from ninety-four patients after six months showed that antibody levels were 52.5 percent lower than at the height of infection. From the over 1,700 patients involved, 390 also completed further testing to measure lung function. 56 per cent of those with severe illness experienced a reduced flow of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream.

In a Lancet commentary on the Chinese study, foreign scientists said it is rather surprising to find that some COVID-19 patients with good kidney health experienced lower than standard kidney function measured by the rate at which their kidneys are cleaning their blood, a key indicator of renal health. Patients who required ventilation for COVID-19 also performed worse in the six-minute walking test than other participants. And he's seen similar issues among patients at his hospital. Of the 822 patients who had normal kidney function when they entered the hospital, the study reveals 107 (13%) suffered from reduced organ function during their follow-up six months later. The study also reveals that women have a higher risk of being affected by the virus than men.

The team notes that their antibody test only worked with a limited number of patients and they will also need to study how these results compare to people dealing with mild cases of the virus that don't require hospitalization.

The new study included 1,733 Covid-19 patients discharged from Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan between January and May past year.

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