At least one long-term symptom seen in 37% of COVID-19 patients -study By Reuters
(Reuters) -At least one long-term COVID-19 symptom was found in 37% of patients three to six months after they were infected by the virus, a large study from Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research showed on Wednesday.
After studying symptoms from more than 270,000 COVID-19 patients, Oxford University found that breathing difficulties, fatigue, anxiety and pain were the most prevalent symptoms.
These symptoms are more common in those who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, and they were slightly more common for women.
It was not possible to determine the exact causes, severity or duration of long-COVID symptoms.
However, it found that older men and women suffered more from cognitive and breathing problems than their counterparts in younger people. Younger people, on the other hand, had less headaches and abdominal symptoms, anxiety, and depression.
Paul Harrison from Oxford University, the lead researcher of the study, said that it was important to determine the causes.
Harrison said that this information is essential to prevent or treat the negative long-term effects of COVID-19 on health.
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