Study finds Long Covid severity may be comparable to influenza.
Study finds Long Covid severity may be comparable to influenza.

SYDNEY:  According to recent study, Long Covid seems to present as a post-viral syndrome with the same prevalence and severity as seasonal influenza.

The study, which was presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) held in Copenhagen, Denmark between April 15 and 18, claims that the similarity seen only applies to those who have had vaccinations.

According to a study conducted by scientists at Queensland Health in Australia, long Covid's impact on public health systems is more likely to be caused by the sheer number of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 than by the severity of long Covid symptoms, despite the clinical outcomes following Covid-19 and influenza being similar.

The public health effects of extended Covid in our highly immunised community do not seem to be the product of any special characteristics of SARS-CoV-2. Instead, the impact is due to the large number of persons who become infected in a short amount of time, according to Queensland's Chief Health Officer, Dr. John Gerrard.

Long Covid, which is used to characterise symptoms that last for 4–12 weeks and longer-term sequelae beyond 12 weeks known as post-Covid syndrome, is a complicated, multi-system illness that develops during or after taking Covid.
Among the most common symptoms are breathlessness, a cough, heart palpitations, headaches, and extreme exhaustion. Long Covid could have a significant negative impact on society, resulting in higher healthcare expenditures as well as lost income and productivity.

2,195 adults with Covid-19 diagnoses and 951 adults with influenza diagnoses were followed for 12 weeks and questioned about continued symptoms and functional impairment using a questionnaire given by SMS connection to a survey during concurrent Omicron and influenza waves that occurred in mid-2022.

At the time, Covid-19 vaccine had been administered to more over 90% of Queensland's population.

Four percent of those with Omicron reported having moderate to severe functional difficulties in daily life, and one-fifth of those with Omicron reported persistent symptoms after 12 weeks.

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