Covid symptoms stay even after 6 months

Flow chart of patients with COVID-19 discharged from Jin Yin-tan Hospital between Jan 7 and

Flow chart of patients with COVID-19 discharged from Jin Yin-tan Hospital between Jan 7 and

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

The most common symptom to continue in 63 per cent of the cases was muscle weakness, 26 per cent of cases experienced sleep difficulties.

Cao Bin, one of the key scientists behind the study, said in an online interview on Saturday that the goal of their research was to raise public awareness about recovery prospects for COVID-19 patients and highlight the need for post-discharge care.

The World Health Organization has said the virus poses a risk for some people of serious ongoing effects - even among young, otherwise healthy people who were not hospitalized.

They obtained blood and stool samples and medical records from 100 hospital inpatients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection between February and May 2020 and from 78 people without COVID-19 who were taking part in a microbiome study before the pandemic. Moreover, a follow-up study was conducted with the patients between June and September 2020.

Aside from lingering symptoms, study authors discovered patients who had suffered from more severe COVID infections are more likely to now have impaired lung function. Researchers gave participants a routine checkup, lab tests, and put them through a six-minute walking test to gauge endurance levels. 13 per cent of patients who had normal kidney function in the hospital had reduced kidney function in the follow-up.

Almost 400 patients also underwent further tests, including an assessment of their lung function, and 94 patients whose blood antibody levels were recorded at the height of the infection received a follow-up test.

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Meanwhile, the study also found lower antibodies six months later in 94 of the patients, suggesting that they could be re-infected with the virus.

A previous 3-month follow-up survey of Covid-19 patients in Wuhan found that symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and alopecia (a condition that causes sudden hair loss in circular patches) was more common in women than in men.

"The decline of neutralizing antibodies observed in the present study and other studies raises concern for SARS-CoV-2 reinfection", the researchers wrote, adding that "the risk of re-infection should be monitored for patients who present with compatible symptoms of Covid-19". However, experts point out that the sample size for that finding is smaller than needed for definitive answers, so how antibody levels can change over time for most patients remains to be seen.

In an article that the same medical journal also published, Monica Cortinovis, Guiseppe Remuzzi, and Norberto Perico, from Italy's Instituto di Reicerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri IRCCS, said that "there was uncertainty over the lingering health effects" of this global health crisis.

They concluded: "Unfortunately, there are few reports on the clinical picture of the aftermath of COVID-19".

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.

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