Kovid-19 could leave many people in months of potentially debilitating fatigue after recovering from the disease, research released on Thursday found.
Long-term lethargy was reported in patients with mild to severe symptoms.
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Infectious Disease Physician Dr. of St. James Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute, Dublin, Ireland. “Fatigue is a common symptom in people presenting with symptomatic Kovid-19 infection,” said Liam Townsend.
While Kovid-19 symptoms, including fever, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, vomiting and diarrhea, have been well publicized, Townsend said, “the medium and long-term consequences of the infection remain unexplained.”
The research, presented at a virtual meeting of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, is based on 128 former Kovid-19 patients. It has not been published in a peer-review journal.
Participants were recruited approximately 2½ months after their illness, when their symptoms were feared.
More than half reported permanent fatigue. Researchers looked for some biological signals that might explain the results, such as white blood cell count and inflammatory blood markers. They did not find any.
However, women with a history of anxiety and depression appeared to be more at risk, although it is unclear why. Those groups may be more likely to openly discuss their symptoms.
Dr., an infectious disease physician at Cleveland Clinic. Kristin Englund said, “Until we get a very large, strong database, I don’t think we can make any kind of statement about gender.” “The number is too small now.”
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Anglund, who was not involved in the research, said that while fatigue may be somewhat subjective, there may be mediocre physical problems that, in fact, can be identified long after the body cleans the coronovirus.
“We see that people continue well with lung damage after their Kovid infection. We can see people who have had heart damage from an infection on an echocardiogram,” Englund said.
The study found that even those who had never been ill were reported to have prolonged fatigue leading to hospitalization.
“This study highlights the importance of assessing those recovering from COVID-19 for symptoms of severe fatigue, regardless of the severity of the initial illness, and can identify a group eligible for further study and early intervention,” “The study authors wrote.
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