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Covid symptoms stay even after 6 months: study

BEIJING, January 12, 2021

Most Covid-19 patients who had been hospitalised, still suffered a variety of symptoms even six months after the infection, a study says.
 
The study of more than 1,700 patients treated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, shows 76% suffered at least one symptom months after they were discharged from hospital, a CNN report quoting a Lancet publication on the Chinese study said.
 
"At 6 months after acute infection, Covid-19 survivors were mainly troubled with fatigue or muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, and anxiety or depression. Patients who were more severely ill during their hospital stay had more severe impaired pulmonary diffusion capacities and abnormal chest imaging manifestations, and are the main target population for intervention of long-term recovery," the study said.
 
The long-term health consequences of Covid-19 remain largely unclear. 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.
 
Fatigue or muscle weakness (63%) and sleep difficulties (26%) were the most common symptoms. Anxiety or depression was reported among 23% of patients, said the study. -TradeArabia News Service
 



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