Only 29% of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients Fully Well One Year Later: Study

PARIS: Not even one in three people have fully recovered from COVID-19 a full year after being hospitalized with the disease, a UK study indicated on Sunday (April 24), warning that prolonged COVID could become a common condition.

The study involving more than 2,300 people also found that women were 33 percent less likely to make a full recovery than men.

It also found that obese people were half as likely to make a full recovery, while those who needed mechanical ventilation were 58 percent less likely.

The study looked at the health of people who were discharged from 39 British hospitals with COVID-19 between March 2020 and April 2021, then assessed the recovery of 807 of them five months and one year later.

Only 26 percent reported full recovery after five months, and that number rose only slightly to 28.9 percent after one year, according to the study published in the journal Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

“The limited recovery from five months to one year after hospitalization in our study across symptoms, mental health, exercise capacity, organ impairment, and quality of life is surprising,” said study co-director study, Rachel Evans of the National Institute for Health and Care Research. .

The most common prolonged COVID symptoms were fatigue, muscle pain, poor sleep, physical slowness, and shortness of breath.

“Without effective treatments, prolonged COVID could become a highly prevalent new long-term condition,” said study co-leader Christopher Brightling of the University of Leicester.

The study, which will be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, is ongoing and will continue to monitor the health of patients.

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