More than a quarter of people with Covid-19 not fully recovered after 6–8 months


RESEARCHERS are still studying the long-term symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infections.

New data suggest that people can experience long-term symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infections 6 months or more after infection.

Patients reported symptoms of fatigue, dyspnea, and depression. The virus SARS-CoV-2 and the resulting disease of Covid-19 have impacted people and healthcare systems all around the world.

Initial action by governments and communities focused on not overwhelming healthcare systems, and treating the acute impact of infections in individuals.

Centering on acute problems aided in the understanding of Covid-19 and helped countries get through the initial pandemic response.

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The long-term impact of Covid-19 is still unknown. Healthcare professionals are researching long-term complications of SARS-CoV-2 infections, including symptoms lingering months after a person’s initial infection with the virus.

A recent study, which appears in the journal PLOS OneTrusted Source, reports that a quarter of the study participants had long-lasting symptoms of Covid-19 between 6 and 8 months after initial infection.

The participants had lingering symptoms of difficulty breathing and fatigue, and assessment results that indicated depression.

Understanding these long-term symptoms will help treat the people who have them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source note that those who have contracted SARS-CoV-2 may experience acute symptoms of infection, while others may be asymptomatic.

Many people have gotten better within a few weeks after initial infection and do not have lingering symptoms.

However, someTrusted Source people experience post-Covid-19 conditions, which is an umbrella term for “a lack of return to a usual state of health following acute Covid-19 illness.”

Other terms for post-Covid-19 conditions include long Covid, long-haul Covid, and late sequelae. Some of the common lingering symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection include dyspnea, fatigue, cough, cognitive impairment, and pain.

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