half of the first patients hospitalized in 2020 still have symptoms, according to a study

A study of former Wuhan patients reports that more than half of them still suffer from fatigue, pain, sleep problems or mental health problems more than two years after their hospitalization.

Even if the infection lasts more than two years, a large proportion of the first people hospitalized for Covid-19 still show persistent symptoms of the disease, according to a new study.

Published Wednesday in the scientific journal The Lancet, the same advance that 55% of people who were admitted to the hospital for a coronavirus infection and less a symptom. And this proportion is important, it remains weak, which was observed six months after infection, in which 68% of the first hospitalized people presented when they had less of a symptom of the disease.

Wuhan patient housework

Research was carried out by researchers at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing on 1192 people who were hospitalized at Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wuhan, China, where the first cases of Covid-19 were discovered. , between January and May 2020.

These same patients were examined for six months, two months and two years after hospitalization. Often medical tests, especially depending on lung function or continuing to walk for six minutes, allowed to establish the participants who were in better health than before the contamination.

Those with persistent symptoms of Covid-19 also reported pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and mental health problems. In addition, those who received significant respiratory care during hospitalization had more long-term lung problems than other former patients.

No more consultation and more trouble doing sports

Participants with persistent symptoms also went to the doctor more often than before the pandemic. The rapporteur is also having more trouble doing the exercise. While most have since returned to work, the study says it’s unclear if they work as much as they did before the disease.

“You need continued support from a significant proportion of the population who contracted Covid-19 and to understand how vaccines, emerging treatments and variants affect long-term health,” said Dr. Bin. Cao, co-author of the study.

This last show, however, has limits, then the authors did not compare the results of those hospitalized for other reasons for Covid-19, but for people who never contracted the disease.

In addition, the results all came from patients at the same hospital who were infected during the first wave of the pandemic. In the preparation of health institutions when vague that followed, but also in the global coronavirus vaccination are factors that have a non-negligible impact on the health of old Covid patients.

Hugues Garnier BFMTV journalist

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