While it is only natural to develop symptoms of COVID-19 once you're infected with the virus, it is a matter of great concern as well as confusion, when you continue experiencing the symptoms long after the infection is treated and cured. That said, a recent research has claimed that over 75% of people suffering with the novel coronavirus face symptoms that arise 6 months after recovery.
According to a study published in The Lancet, 76 percent of the people who were hospitalized for COVID-19 still had at least one symptom 6 months after recovering. The research observed 1,733 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, and tracked their recovery from June to September. The study claimed that about 76% of the participants were experiencing lingering symptoms of COVID-19 6 months after being cured of the illness.While some of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and loss of sense of smell and taste, people suffering with long term effects of the deadly virus have complained of fatigue and muscle weakness.
According to the Lancet study, 63% of the individuals who took part in the experiment most commonly reported symptoms of fatigue and muscle ache, accompanied by anxiety, depression, pain, and sleep difficulties.
People who had severe COVID-19 experienced lingering respiratory issues and some damage to their kidneys too.
Although nothing has been confirmed, scientists and medical professionals have been trying relentlessly to find the possible reason behind why people experience continued effects of COVID-19 months after recovering. According to many experts, there could be many factors leading to such long term health problems. From severe medical complications at the start of the infection to social isolation and stigma, COVID-19 can go from causing serious organ damage to triggering mental confusion and disorientation.
Who is at risk?
Long haul symptoms can take a toll on people from all age groups. While old people may be more susceptible, given their vulnerable situations, long term effects of COVI-19 have also impacted the younger generation.(Times of India)