The data collected in the study came from 4,182 users of the COVID Symptom Study app who tested positive for coronavirus. These users continued to log their health even after they were recovered, according to a report by Fox News.
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Commuters wearing protective face masks are seen aboard a train amid the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Athens, Greece on October 24, 2020.
The researchers found that 558 of these COVID-19 patients had symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath and headache for up to 28 days. The study also shows that 189 patients suffered for more than eight weeks while the other 95 had symptoms for 12 weeks or more. However, the researchers found that these are only conservative estimates.
What is Long COVID and how do you deal with it?
Patients who have already recovered from coronavirus but continue to have various symptoms such as chronic fatigue, shortness of breath or migraines are said to have long-term COVID. They may also have difficulty concentrating and heart symptoms, while also reporting symptoms that come back after their recovery.
The researchers grouped the symptoms of long-term COVID into two groups. The first group includes respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, headache, and fatigue. The second was multisystem, affecting different parts of the body, including the heart, brain, and intestines.
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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) students study at The Goat Coffee House while the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States on October 23, 2020.
Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and lead researcher on the COVID Symptom Study, said in an article on King’s College London website that while many people have mild COVID-19, patients have had one for more than 12 weeks suffer from 50 coronavirus symptoms.
He also said that in addition to concerns about the deaths caused by the virus, interventions should also be foreseen for those suffering from prolonged COVID. “While we wait for a vaccine, it’s important that we all work together to curb the spread of the coronavirus through lifestyle changes and tighter self-isolation with symptoms or positive tests,” added Spector.
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Long COVID Risk Factors
Factors that cause long-term COVID include age, weight, gender, and respiratory diseases. Primarily, 22% of long-term COVID patients are over 70 years old, which is more than double that of 18 to 49 year olds. Patients with a higher average body mass index and female patients are also at higher risk of long-term COVID, although younger men can also suffer from it.
In the meantime, people with asthma and those who experienced various symptoms at the beginning of their illness can also develop Covid for a long time. However, the researchers found no clear links to other health conditions.
Long COVID recovery and treatment
Although the study has not yet been peer-reviewed and preprinted to medRxiv, researchers claim they have been able to create a model that can predict and help predict those likely to have long-term COVID Strategy for early intervention to develop syndrome.
“It is important that we use the knowledge we gained from the first wave of the pandemic to reduce the long-term effects of the second,” said Dr. Claire Steves, Spector’s co-lead researcher. Steves also said the study could pave strategies for long-term COVID prevention and treatment, and urged the public to download it to join efforts to fight the syndrome.
On October 7, the UK’s National Health Service announced that it would provide skilled workers to people with long-term COVID syndrome.
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