Long Covid study finds most common side effect is fatigue and it lasts months

According to a new study from China, coronavirus symptoms, including organ dysfunction and depression, could plague those affected for months after the initial infection.

Of the 1,733 patients admitted to Wuhan’s Jin Yin-tan Hospital at the start of the pandemic in January 2020, 63 percent were still suffering from fatigue in May.

Another 26 percent still had trouble sleeping, and a third of the patients had signs of kidney problems, including buildup of waste in the blood.

Dr. Cao Bin of the China Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing said the results highlight “the need for follow-up care after discharge.”

The study also highlights the low levels of antibodies in some participants, which means that a patient’s immune system may only be able to fight re-infection for a short time.

Writing in the medical journal The lancetThe doctor said, “Longer follow-up studies in a larger population are needed to understand the full spectrum of the health consequences of Covid-19.”

He added, “Our analysis shows that most patients continue to live with at least some effects of the virus after leaving the hospital and shows that care is required after discharge.”

Doctor wearing a face mask looking at a lung CT image of a patient in a Wuhan hospital

Regarding antibodies, he said, “The risk of re-infection should be monitored.”

Further research by Dr. Cao found that nearly a quarter of the participants suffered from depression and anxiety almost half a year after they were first admitted to the hospital for treatment.

It is alleged that the number of people infected with Covid-19 in Wuhan – the original epicenter that hosted large public gatherings and parties on New Year’s Eve – could be about three times what it was officially.

This is the result of a study by researchers from the city.

With a total population of more than 10 million Wuhan, the researchers estimated that up to 168,000 Wuhan residents were infected with the virus, compared to the official number of 50,340 hospital cases.

It is believed that around two-thirds of the total were asymptomatic.

The coronavirus was first discovered in Wuhan in late 2019. The first outbreak of the virus was linked to a fish market in the capital.

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