Long Covid, more than one in two people in hospital has symptoms of the virus after 24 months – Corriere.it

From Sergio Harari

Shortness of breath and pain: the study on first-wave sufferers. Age and female gender are both risk factors for developing permanent symptoms

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Post covid symptoms We still know little, but recently a Chinese study gave us valuable information about what happened two years later in those affected by the infection in the first epidemic wave. The study published in Lancet Respiratory Medicinecontains the good news and the bad news: the bad After 24 months, more than half of those infected with the virus in the acute phase still had complaints
While the good thing is that the symptoms gradually subside over time. The authors followed 1,192 people infected with Sars-CoV-2 who were hospitalized between January 7 and May 29, 2020 at Jin Yin Tan Hospital in Wuhan, and evaluated them after 6, 12 and 24 months. The patients, 54 percent of men with an average age of 57He underwent a series of clinical examinations (spirometry, chest CT scan, quality of life questionnaires) and final interviews to understand the frequency and severity of his physical and psychological disorders. One year after the acute phase of the disease, The percentage of people complaining about at least one symptom was 68 percent

While it fell to 55 percent after two.

Fatigue, anxiety and depression

The most frequently reported symptoms were General fatigue, easy muscle fatigue and sleep disturbances (But also joint pain, palpitations, dizziness, and shortness of breath.) The assessment of psychological status and quality of life gradually improved as cases continued anxiety and depression In 12 per cent of patients two years after recovery, as well as to perceive shortness of breath. the last one, hard breathingHowever, from a very frequent symptom, it is confirmed as a disorder of difficult assessment, without a clear correspondence to the often completely normal clinical data. Patients who continued to have symptoms after a period of time were nearly four times more likely to have it movement problems, pain or discomfort, anxiety and depression more than seven times. In addition, they were nearly three times more likely to have outpatient visits and 1.5 times more likely to have been hospitalized. The older age is the female gender (as has already been documented by other studies) They are important risk factors for the development and persistence of symptoms over time. An interesting fact is that There was no significant association between the severity of illness experienced during hospitalization and post-Covid-19 disorders.

Do Vaccines Reduce Symptoms?

This study depicts a situation that we are only now beginning to understand, the case of the long-term effects of a first pandemic wave, but it also raises a series of questions: What will happen next in time? Will all the other variables that followed each other be responsible for post-Covid with the same frequency and intensity? How should we follow up on this huge number of patients over the years To best help them and how should we redefine the health needs and regulatory responses of the NHS? Finally, Vaccines can reduce post-Covid symptoms Who has already suffered from an acute infection? In fact, some recent scientific research seems to point to a possible action in this sense as well, perhaps Reduce the charge of viral reservoirs They remain latent in the body and reduce the risk of subsequent re-infection that would worsen the clinical picture. There are many questions the research has yet to answer, but some are now beginning to become clearer.

Jun 17 2022 (change on Jun 17, 2022 | 11:58)

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