Not even one in four people have fully recovered from COVID a full year after being hospitalized with the disease, a UK study said on Sunday, 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 between March 2020 and April 2021, then assessed the recovery of 807 of them five months and one year later.
Only 26 percent reported a complete recovery after five months, and that number increased only slightly to 28.9 percent after one year, according to the study published in Respiratory Medicine Lancet newspaper.
“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 of Health and Care Research.
The most common symptoms of prolonged COVID were fatigue, muscle pain, lack of 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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