Researchers at many hospitals in Beijing and Wuhan focused on looking at patients from Hubei province – where the first Covid-19 cases were detected at the end of 2019.
The study was peer-reviewed and published in the medical journal The Lancet on August 26. Specifically, after 12 months, 20% of patients still had many Covid-19 symptoms such as fatigue or muscle pain. The remaining 17% of patients had difficulty sleeping and 11% had hair loss.
“While the majority have recovered well, many patients still have health problems, especially those who are seriously ill during their hospitalization. Our findings suggest that some patients need more than a year to recover and this should be considered when planning post-pandemic medical care,” said Cao Bin, of the National Respiratory Center. at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, said.
Covid-19 patients in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Wuhan after the Covid-19 Pandemic broke out in this city.
There were 1,276 Covid-19 patients discharged from January to May 2020 from Jinyintan Hospital (Wuhan) participating in this study.
Wuhan was the first city to break out of the Covid-19 Pandemic and has recorded more than 50,000 Covid-19 cases during months of long strict lockdown.
Researchers also assessed the condition of Covid-19 patients after 6 months of hospitalization and found that 479 people with Covid-19 had returned to normal work and 49% of patients still had at least one problem. health.
In addition, shortness of breath and mental health problems such as anxiety or depression were more common among patients who contracted Covid-19 12 months ago than among those who contracted Covid-19 six months ago, although the researchers argues that the reason for the “ominous increase” is unclear.
Women are also more likely to have some lingering symptoms after Covid-19 than men, including mental health problems and problems with lung function.
The Lancet magazine emphasized: “The need to understand and respond to prolonged Covid-19 is becoming increasingly urgent. Symptoms such as persistent fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog and depression can debilitate millions of people globally.”
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