Coronavirus: Seven in 10 hospital survivors still suffer from symptoms months later

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Coronavirus: Seven in 10 hospital survivors still suffer from symptoms months later


Seven in 10 patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus in the UK still had symptoms five months after discharge, a new study has found.

Research highlights Covid’s long-lasting challenge for healthcare services across the UK, with hundreds of thousands of survivors likely to be affected to some extent. Some experts warn that more than a million patients could experience lasting effects.

More than 300,000 patients have been treated in hospital with Covid since the start of the pandemic. The UK-wide post-hospitalization study examined more than 1,000 patients who were discharged between March and November 2020 .
It found that 71% had not fully recovered from the disease, with patients reporting an average of nine distinct symptoms. White women between the ages of 40 and 60 were the most affected.
Of those who were employed before catching the virus, 18 percent were no longer working five months after being released. One in five patients reported a new disability and a quarter suffered from anxiety and depression. More than one in 10 showed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, 17% having some form of “brain fog”.

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