Half of the first hospital patients in 2020 still have symptoms, according to the study

A study conducted on former patients from Wuhan reports that more than half of them still suffer from fatigue, pain, trouble sleeping or even mental problems more than two years after their hospitalization.

Despite being infected more than two years ago, a large proportion of the first people hospitalized with Covid-19 still have persistent symptoms of the disease, according to a new study.

Published on Wednesday in the scientific journal The lancet, it suggests that 55% of people hospitalized for coronavirus infection still have at least one symptom. Although this proportion is significant, it remains lower than six months after infection, when 68% of those first hospitalized showed at least one symptom of the disease.

Working on patients from Wuhan

The work, carried out by researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing, concerns 1,192 people hospitalized between January and January at the Jin Yin-tan Hospital in Wuhan (China), where the first cases of Covid-19 were discovered May 2020.

The same patients were re-examined six months, twelve months and two years after their hospitalization. Medical tests, including lung function tests and six-minute walks, revealed the participants were in poorer health than they were before they were infected.

Those who have had persistent symptoms of Covid-19 have reported pain, fatigue, sleep and mental health issues, among others. In addition, those who received comprehensive respiratory support during their hospitalization had more long-term lung problems than other ex-patients.

More advice and more practice difficulties

Participants with persistent symptoms also went to the doctor more often than before the pandemic. They also report having more difficulty playing sports. While most are now back to work, the study says it’s unclear if they’re working as much as they did before the illness.

“There is clearly a need to continue to support a significant portion of the population who have contracted Covid-19 and to understand how vaccines, new treatments and variants are affecting long-term health,” said Dr. Bin Cao, co-author of the study.

However, the latter shows its limitations, as its authors did not compare the results with those of people hospitalized for reasons other than Covid-19, but with people who never had the disease.

In addition, the results all come from patients from the same hospital who contracted during the first wave of the pandemic. The preparation of the health facilities during the following waves, but also the worldwide vaccination against the coronavirus are factors that can significantly influence the state of health of former Covid patients.

Hugo Garnier BFMTV journalist

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