Women, obese people and anyone put on a mechanical ventilator in hospital are more likely to suffer from long Covid, the research has found. The most common symptoms are fatigue, muscle aches and shortness of breath. Professor Louise Wain, British Lung Foundation Chair in Respiratory Research, said: “No specific therapeutics have long existed for Covid and our data underscores that interventions are urgently needed.
“The findings also suggest the need for complex interventions that target both physical and mental health disorders to alleviate symptoms.” Professor Christopher Brightling, from the National Institute for Health Research, said: “Our study highlights an urgent need for healthcare services to support this rapidly growing patient population.
“Without effective treatments, long Covid could become a new, widespread long-term illness.” Dr Rachael Evans, from the University of Leicester, said: “The limited recovery of five months to a year after hospitalization is striking.”
In the study, more than 2,000 patients were followed after admission, with follow-up assessments at five months and one year.
Researchers found that women were 32% less likely to fully recover after one year. Those who were obese were half as likely, and those who had mechanical ventilation in hospital were 58% less likely.
The report is published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
The results are to be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Lisbon, Portugal this week.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-25 09:32:55