A large study conducted by the Pennsylvania State University in the US says that more than half of the 236 million people who have recovered from Covid-19 worldwide since December 2019 will experience post-Covid symptoms up to six months after recovering
The research team found that the lingering Covid symptoms majorly include tiredness, difficulty in breathing, chest pain, sore joints and loss of taste or smell. The researchers examined 57 global studies involving 250,351 unvaccinated patients who recovered from Covid-19 from December 2019 through March 2021.The findings showed that adults, as well as children, can experience several adverse health issues for six months or longer after recovering from Covid-19.
over half of all patients reported weight loss, fatigue, fever or pain, roughly one in five survivors experienced a decrease in mobility. Nearly one in four survivors experienced difficulty concentrating, and one in three patients were diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorders. 6 in 10 survivors had chest imaging abnormality and more than a quarter of patients had difficulty in breathing. Chest pain and palpitations were also among the commonly reported conditions and nearly one in five patients experienced hair loss or rashes, the study showed. Generally, these complications affected a patient's general well-being, their mobility or organ systems, while overall, one in two survivors experienced long-term Covid manifestations.
According to the researchers, early intervention will be crucial for improving the quality of life for many Covid-19 survivors as in the years ahead, health care providers will likely see an influx of patients with psychiatric and cognitive problems, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder, who were otherwise healthy before their Covid-19 infection.