The investigators noted several trends among survivors, such as:Recovering from COVID is far different that recovering from the common varieties of annual flus. Based on the above research, billions and billions of healthcare dollars will be spent on long COVID suffers and many may never realize the same quality of life that they had before being infected with the virus.
*General well-being: More than half of all patients reported weight loss, fatigue, fever, or pain.
*Mobility: Roughly one in five survivors experienced a decrease in mobility.
*Neurologic concerns: Nearly one in four survivors experienced difficulty concentrating.
*Mental health disorders: Nearly one in three patients were diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorders.
*Lung abnormalities: Six in 10 survivors had chest imaging abnormality and more than a quarter of patients had difficulty breathing.
*Cardiovascular issues: Chest pain and palpitations were among the commonly reported conditions.
*Skin conditions: Nearly one in five patients experienced hair loss or rashes.
*Digestive issues: Stomach pain, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting were among the commonly reported conditions.
"These findings confirm what many health care workers and COVID-19 survivors have been claiming, namely, that adverse health effects from COVID-19 can linger," says co-lead investigator Vernon Chinchilli, chair of the public health sciences department at Penn State University.
"Although previous studies have examined the prevalence of long COVID symptoms among patients, this study examined a larger population, including people in high-, middle-, and low-income countries, and examined many more symptoms. Therefore, we believe our findings are quite robust given the available data."
Just another reason to stay COVID-free - if possible death and painful debilitating hospitalization weren't already reason enough.