A study focusing on healthcare professionals over the past year showed that up to 1 in 10 who experienced a mild case of coronavirus still had to deal with a long-term symptom that negatively affects their lives eight months after their disease is resolved. The most common complaints among the study participants were a prolonged loss of odor, taste, fatigue, and difficulty breathing.
The study, conducted by researchers in Sweden and published in the journal JAMA, began collecting blood samples from 2,149 employees at Danderyd Hospital in the spring of 2020. About 19% of this group had antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, published a press release to EurekAlert. org said. The researchers continued to collect blood samples every four months and asked participants to answer questions regarding long-term symptoms and the impact on quality of life.
In January 2021, the researchers analyzed responses from 323 health workers who reported long-term symptoms and compared it with 1,072 health workers who did not have COVID-19 during the study period.
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The analysis showed that 26% of those who previously had COVID-19 compared to 9% in the control group had at least one moderate to severe symptom lasting more than two months, and that 11% compared to 2% in the control group had at least a symptom that created a negative impact on work, social or home life that lasted at least eight months.
“We investigated the presence of long-term symptoms after mild COVID-19 in a relatively young and healthy group of working individuals, and we found that the predominantly long-term symptoms are loss of smell and taste,” Charlotte Thalin, Ph.D. . ., lead researcher for the COMMUNITY study at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet, said in the press release. “However, we do not see an increased incidence of cognitive symptoms such as brain fatigue, memory and concentration problems or physical disorders such as pain in muscles and joints, palpitations or prolonged fever.”
Not much is known about long-term COVID or so-called “long-term sufferers”, but as the number of COVID-19 survivors reports that long-term symptoms, more and more attention is being paid to the phenomena. Several studies, including one funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the United States, aim to decipher the mechanisms behind who develops long-term COVID why.
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Another recent development published by a team from the University of Oxford suggested that one in three coronavirus survivors out of 236,000 individuals involved in the study was diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric illness within six months. Anxiety and mood disorders proved to be the most common diagnoses, with those who endured a severe period of COVID-19 being considered to be most at risk.