Negative health effects from severe cases of COVID-19 continue to affect many people even a year after contracting the disease, making it urgent to develop treatments, a British study published Sunday showed.
“Without effective treatments, lang COVID could become a very widespread new long-term condition, “said Christopher Brightling of the University of Leicester, who led the study, published in Lancet respiratory medicine journal.
What did the study find out?
The study, which involved a total of more than 2,300 people, showed that only 26% of those who had been admitted with COVID-19 reported a full recovery after five months and only 28.9% after a full year.
Women were 33% less likely than men to fully recover, according to the study.
Those who required mechanical ventilation while in the hospital and obese people were even more vulnerable.
The most common symptoms reported by the long-term covid sufferers were shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, sleep problems, weakness in limbs and impaired mental health.
Brightling said there was “an urgent need for healthcare to support this large and rapidly growing patient population.” Even a year after leaving the hospital, many people suffering from long-term COVID show severe symptoms, including “reduced exercise capacity and large declines in health-related quality of life,” the authors wrote.