Through a study carried out in a hospital in Wuhan, China, specialists revealed that even six months after recovering from COVID-19, patients continue to present symptoms associated with the disease.
In this sense, the medical journal The Lancet published the results of one of the largest follow-up studies of recovered patients; This showed that 76% of the patients who were discharged have suffered fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety or decreased lung function up to half a year after having overcome the disease.
For their part, doctors explained that the clinical follow-up was carried out for an average of 14 days to 1.733 people who were discharged from the Jin Yin-tan hospital in the period between January 7 and May 29 of last year.
Meanwhile, all the patients, whose average age was 57, underwent physical examinations, laboratory tests and a standard measure of resistance. In addition, about 350 also had lung function tests, chest CT scans and ultrasounds.
The results expressed that 76% of the individuals studied reported at least one symptom, “being fatigue or muscle weakness the most frequent”, followed by sleep problems in 63% of the cases; on the other hand, more than half of the patients had residual abnormalities in chest X-rays.
On the other hand, Professor Bin Cao, from the National Center for Respiratory Medicine explained that "the coronavirus is a new disease, we are beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on the health of patients", therefore, he stressed the importance to pay attention to discharged patients.
"Our work also highlights the importance of conducting longer follow-up studies in larger populations," he added.