Already had COVID? 55% of patients still have these symptoms after – Eat this, not that

COVID-19 has left a lasting mark on American life. Several months into the pandemic, it was clear that it wasn’t going away anytime soon. More than two years later, COVID is something we have to learn to live with, experts say. Something that millions of people learn to live with: long-lasting symptoms. Estimates of the number of people suffering from “long COVID” vary. A study has found it may be more important than previously thought. Read on to learn more and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.

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A new study of early COVID patients found that in a group of people with COVID-19, more than half reported long-lasting COVID symptoms two years later.

In the research, published this month in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, scientists examined more than 1,100 people in China who had been hospitalized with COVID-19 during the first months of the pandemic. They found that six months after their infection, 68% reported long-lasting COVID symptoms, and two years later, 55% did.

“It’s incredibly disturbing when you consider that the long COVID affects not only hospitalized patients, but also non-hospitalized patients (which were not studied here),” said Dr. David F. Putrino, associate professor of rehabilitation and human performance at Mount Sinai in New York, says Medical News Today. “This study should serve as a reminder that death is not the only serious consequence of acute COVID-19 infection.”

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The most common long COVID symptoms were muscle weakness or fatigue and trouble sleeping, which were reported by 31% of study participants. The study also found that people in the group with long COVID symptoms were 62% more likely to experience mobility issues, more than four times more likely to experience pain or discomfort, and more than seven times more likely to experience pain or discomfort. times more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than people who did not have COVID.

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Long COVID (also known as PASC, for post-acute sequelae of COVID-19) is the umbrella term for a wide range of symptoms that can follow COVID-19 infection and last for weeks or months afterwards. the disappearance of the infection. They include breathing problems, fatigue, and neurological issues like brain fog. They can range from inconvenient to debilitating in severity.

It is a significant problem. Besides the Chinese study, other large studies indicate that 20-30% of people infected with COVID-19 will develop long COVID. The General Accounting Office estimates that between 8 million and 23 million Americans have so far developed long COVID.

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Although the Chinese study was linked to a particular group at the start of the pandemic, a study published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided new insight into the lingering effect of COVID in America.

According to CDC data through November 2021, one in five Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 have reported a subsequent health condition possibly attributable to COVID-19. Among adults over 65, the number was one in four. Researchers also found that people with COVID were twice as likely to develop a pulmonary embolism. [a blood clot in the lungs, which can be fatal] or respiratory than people who have contracted the virus.

“As the cumulative number of people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 increases, the number of survivors with post-COVID conditions is also likely to increase,” the researchers wrote. “Therefore, the implementation of COVID-19 prevention strategies, along with the routine assessment of post-COVID conditions in people who survive COVID-19, is essential to reduce the incidence and impact. post-COVID conditions, particularly in adults aged ≥65 years.”

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Follow the basics and help end this pandemic, wherever you live: get vaccinated as soon as possible; if you live in an area with low vaccination rate, wear an N95 maskdo not travel, socially distance, avoid large crowds, do not go indoors with people you do not shelter with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene and to protect your life and that of others, do not visit any of these 35 places where you are most likely to catch COVID.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a New York-based writer and editor whose health and lifestyle content has also been published on Beachbody and Openfit. A contributing writer for Eat This, Not That!, he has also been published in New York, Architectural Digest, Interview and many others. Read more

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