A new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine states that “the findings suggest that there is an urgent need to develop effective interventions to trace the pathogenesis of chronic Covid and reduce the risk of protracted covid.”
It’s been more than two years since the COVID-19 pandemic first shook the world, but new data keeps emerging as researchers explore the virus and its effects. A new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine says that even after two years, nearly half of the hospitalized patients showed at least one symptom.
“Despite the severity of the early illness, COVID-19 survivors’ physical and mental health improved over time, with the majority returning to their original jobs within two years.” however, the burden of the symptomatic sequelae remained significantly higher. COVID-19 Survivors had a significantly lower health status compared to the general population at two years. The study findings indicate that the pathogenesis of chronic Covid and the development of effective interventions to reduce the risk of protracted covid is urgently needed,” the study said, thus highlighting the need to take protracted steps to tackle Covid.
The study further noted that “prolonged COVID symptoms over two years were related to decreased quality of life, reduced exercise capacity, abnormal mental health, and increased use of post-discharge health care… on critically ill patients.” There was a significantly higher burden of restrictive ventilatory impairment and loss of lung proliferation compared to controls at two-year follow-up.”
The Lancet study noted that fatigue was the most frequently reported symptom at two years, “regardless of initial disease severity. Consistent with our findings, there is a pattern of fatigue during the recovery phase of a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Higher prevalence was also observed and may persist for up to four years.”
The study included 1,192 participants with acute COVID-19 who were admitted to the Jin Yin-Tan Hospital in Wuhan on January 7 and May 29, 2020. The results were from the six-month, 12-month, and two-year studies. Kovid-19 cases were first reported from Wuhan, China in December 2019.
According to media reports, the study’s lead author, Professor Bin Cao of the Sino-Japan Friendship Hospital in China, stated in a statement that the finding indicates that “for a certain proportion of hospitalized COVID-19 survivors, while They may have cleared the initial infection, requiring more than two years to fully recover. Continued follow-up of COVID-19 survivors, especially those with long COVID symptoms, can prevent the long course of the disease. It is essential to understand, as is another exploration, the benefits of rehabilitation programs for recovery. Clearly the need to provide continued support to a significant proportion of people who have COVID-19, and to understand this. for how vaccines, emerging treatments, and variants affect long-term health outcomes.”