Covid-19 patients struggle to return to normal after discharge from hospital, study finds

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A team of scientists led by Dr. Vineet Chopra of the University of Michigan Health System examined 488 patients with Covid-19 treated and released from hospitals in Michigan. They interrogated them about two months after their release, between March 16 and July 1.

Almost half said they were “emotionally affected” by their illness and a small number of 28 years of age sought mental health care after discharge.

Another 36% said “at least a slight financial impact of their hospitalization”. Of those employed before their illness, 40% said they had lost their job or were too ill to return to work. Just over a quarter of those who returned to work reported reduced hours or changed responsibilities.

“For most of the patients who survived, continued morbidity, including the inability to return to normal activities, physical and emotional symptoms, and financial loss, was common,” the Chopra team wrote.”These data confirm that the results of Covid-19 go well beyond hospitalization,” the study concludes.

The study had limitations. The survey covered only 488 of the more than 1,600 patients whose charts were initially followed. A third of those 1,600 patients have died, the researchers reported.

CDC data: hospitalization rate among blacks and Latinos about 4 times higher than whites

Covid-19 hospitalization rates are significantly higher among Black, Latin American and Alaskan Native or Native American populations in the United States compared to Asian and white people, new data from the Weekly Monitoring Report shows Covid-19 from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .

Data shows that between March 1 and November 7, the hospitalization rate among the Hispanic or Latin American population was 444.6 per 100,000 population. The hospitalization rate among Alaska Natives or Native Americans was 430.9 per 100,000 population. Among the black population, it was 412.2 per 100,000 inhabitants.

The hospitalization rate among Asians or Pacific Islanders and whites was 132.5 and 106.2 per 100,000, respectively, according to data updated Friday.

“When examining the overall age-adjusted rates by race and ethnicity, the rate for Hispanic or Latin American people was about 4.2 times the rate among non-Hispanic white people,” says the CDC report. “The rates for non-Hispanic American Indians or Alaska Natives and non-Hispanic blacks were approximately 4.1 and 3.9 times, respectively, those for non-Hispanic whites. ”

The data comes from a surveillance system made up of 250 acute care hospitals in 14 states, according to the CDC.

Since the end of September, overall weekly hospitalization rates in the United States have increased, mainly due to higher rates among adults aged 50 and older, according to the CDC.

In addition, weekly hospitalization rates for children saw a sustained two-week increase from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, the CDC said.

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