Study identifies long-term symptoms in Kovid-19 patients

Study identifies long-term symptoms in Kovid-19 patients

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London: Researchers, including a person of Indian origin, have identified a pattern of long-term symptoms likely to be experienced by those hospitalized with Kovid-19 infection.
They include fatigue, shortness of breath, psychological distress – including concentration and memory problems – and general deterioration in quality of life.
Some patients, especially those in intensive care, had symptoms related to cases of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), study, Published in the Journal of Medical Virology.
“Kovid-19 is a new disease and we have little information on long-term problems in individuals after discharge from hospital,” study Author Manoj Sivan from the University of Leeds in the UK.
For the findings, the research team recovered 100 people from Kovid-19 four-eight weeks after being discharged from the hospital in Leeds.
Kovid-19 survivors were divided into two groups: those who became seriously ill and required intensive care – 32 people were in this category; And those who were treated in a ward without the need for intensive care – 68 people were in this category.
The patients were contacted by a member of the hospital’s rehabilitation team and asked a series of questions about their recovery and symptoms they were still experiencing. The findings showed that the most prevalent symptom was fatigue.
More than 60 percent of those treated in the ward reported fatigue and one-third of them described it as moderate or severe. For those patients who were in intensive care, 72 percent reported fatigue. Of those, more than half said it was moderate or severe.
The second most common symptom was breathlessness. People in both groups said they had a breathing feeling that was not present before the Kovid-19 contract. This was higher in the group that was most seriously ill, versus the intensive care group who were treated in the ward – 65.6 percent vs. 42.6 percent. The third most prevalent symptom was neuropsychological.
The research survey found that approximately one-quarter of people who were in a ward and less than half of those who were in intensive care had some symptoms of PTSD. More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of the patients in the intensive care group and half (45.6 percent) of the other group stated that their overall quality of life had deteriorated.
“There is emerging evidence that for some, recovery can take months and this important specialist rehabilitation is in support of them,” Sivan said.


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