According to statistics from Australian scientists, more than 70% of study participants still had symptoms that lasted 4 and a half months after recovering from COVID-19; 42% of people still had these symptoms for more than 5 months.
According to the results of a study by Australian scientists on the “Long COVID” syndrome (Long COVID), nearly three-quarters of the study participants still have symptoms of weakness within a few months after their recovery. .
The preliminary results of this study by scientists from the local health district of Illawarra Shoalhaven in New South Wales were approved and published in the December issue of the Australian Journal of General Practice (AJGP).
Researchers tracked the experiences of 59 people who recovered from COVID-19. These people were infected with the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and Alpha variants during the first COVID-19 outbreak in Australia.
The results showed that 73% of the study participants still had symptoms that lasted 4 and a half months after recovery; 42% still had these symptoms for 5 months and 6 days.
Symptoms reported by most study participants included fatigue, muscle and bone pain, weakness of the limbs, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. Mental health is also an important issue. The number of depressive episodes in patients increased, accompanied by anxiety and depression.
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The lead author of the study, Dr. Stuart Tan, said that the quality of life of many patients dropped sharply after recovery. According to him, the symptoms of “long-term coronavirus” vary widely and tend to spread in multiple systems. In some cases, these symptoms may take months to manifest.
He said: “Some health problems and early symptoms are not obvious. After several months of recovery, we have cases of cardiovascular complications. We have also noticed some patients. Symptoms such as constipation, absent-mindedness, and loss of taste are due to them.” . Obviously. “It’s a long time after the patient has recovered.
According to Dr. Tan, many symptoms of the “coronavirus” disease indicate the need for specialized medical services to meet the treatment needs of people with this syndrome. He said that the results of this study are also consistent with the results of foreign studies.
For example, a recent study conducted by Monash University researchers on 200 people who had COVID-19 and received ICU treatment found that more than 70% of study participants had health problems. He continued to stay healthy for 6 months after his recovery.
The study was conducted by scientists from the local health district of Illawarra Shoalhaven, and the participants were followed up for 2 years.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District also hopes to include people infected with COVID-19 in Australia’s second and third waves to assess the health effects of the Delta variant. Patients after recovery.