Two years after becoming infected with COVID-19, half of people hospitalized with the infection have at least one symptom, according to a follow-up study from the medical journal The Lancet.
The Lancet Respiratory Medicine said in a study showing evidence that a significant proportion of people who have recovered from COVID-19 have long-lasting effects on multiple organs and systems.
“Regardless of the initial severity of the disease, COVID-19 survivors had longitudinal improvements in physical and mental health, with most returning to their original jobs within 2 years; however, the burden of symptomatic consequences remained quite high,” the Lancet said in a statement. the summary of his study.
“COVID-19 survivors had a markedly lower health status than the general population at 2 years. The study results indicate an urgent need to investigate the pathogenesis of long-term COVID and develop effective interventions to reduce the risk of long-term COVID ,” it said.
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It said Covid can persist for up to 2 years after acute infection, indicating continued longitudinal follow-up is urgently needed to better characterize the natural history of long Covid and to determine when Covid survivors will fully recover.
“Future studies should further investigate the pathogenesis of long-term COVID and develop effective intervention strategies to reduce the risk of long-term COVID,” the Lancet said.
The medical journal said that given the sheer number of individuals who have so far recovered from COVID-19, the aftermath of recovery from acute COVID-19 is unquestionably a major health risk and could impose a significant medical and socioeconomic burden.
A UK had said in late April that not even one in four people have fully recovered from Covid a full year after being hospitalized with the illness, warning that Covid could long become a common condition.
“The limited recovery of five months to a year after hospitalization in our study of symptoms, mental health, exercise capacity, organ dysfunction and quality of life is striking,” study co-leader Rachel Evans of the National Institute for Health and Care Research had said.
The most common long-term Covid symptoms were fatigue, muscle aches, poor sleep, physical slowdown and shortness of breath.
“Without effective treatments, long-term Covid could become a common new long-term condition,” said study co-author Christopher Brightling of the University of Leicester.