A new study from Wuhan shows that Covid-19 patients still have symptoms six months after the disease. The first corona cases in the Chinese city of Wuhan became known over a year ago. Now shows one study published in the journal “The Lancet” has been published, how strongly the symptoms can still have an effect six months later. Experts describe the long-lasting complaints as “Long Covid“.
The researchers found loud Mirror online under the 1733 patients (mean age 57 years) from Wuhan, which were examined from January to May and in June and September 2020, found that 76 percent of the patients considered recovered six months after the infection one or more of these Symptoms exhibited:
- Fatigue or muscle weakness (63 percent)
- Sleep disorders (26 percent),
- Depression or anxiety disorders (23 percent)
Some patients whose Covid-19 course was more severe also complained of oneimpaired lung function. At 56 percent of those infected who had to be civil servants, showed up six months after the disease had resolved Diffusionsstörung. This means that the flow of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream is reduced. Of these 57 percent of patients, 29 percent could walk worse than before. This was shown by a test in which patients were supposed to walk for six minutes. And: 13 percent of the patients with severe courses complained about Kidney problems.
However, the study did not take into account whether the patients had suffered from sleep problems or depression before the coronavirus disease. “Because Covid-19 is such a new disease, we are only beginning to understand how it will affect people’s health in the long term“said the study author Bin Cao of the National Center for Respiratory Medicine. Cao stressed that the long-term damage needs further research to understand the full extent of the disease.