According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 5 Covid survivors of 18 years and above in the USA may have prolonged Covid.
Researchers detected long-term health concerns in the heart, lungs, and kidneys, among other organ systems. John Gillotte of New York City was diagnosed with Covid in March 2020. After being hospitalized and on a ventilator for five days, he developed long-term Covid symptoms that lasted months.
According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five Covid survivors in the United States under 65 years of age has experienced health concerns that may be categorized as long Covid. Patients aged 65 and up have a substantially higher rate – one in every four.
The researchers behind the study, who are also the Covid-19 Emergency Response Team of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s, advocated for regular assessment for post-Covid problems among survivors of Covid-19, demonstrating how seriously the federal health agency views the problem of extended Covid.
After a coronavirus infection, the term “long Covid” refers to certain symptoms that might persist for months or even years. The researchers observed such symptoms in the heart, kidneys, and lungs among other organ systems, following Covid. There were also issues with the musculoskeletal system, blood circulation, and the endocrine system, as well as gastrointestinal issues, neurological issues, and psychological symptoms, according to the study.
There is a potential double risk for lung difficulties such as pulmonary embolism and respiratory symptoms for uninfected people in both age categories, according to the study. Kidney failure, neurological disorders, and the majority of mental health illnesses were more likely among post-Covid people aged 65 and up compared to the less-aged group.
Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, a clinical epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis and chief of research and development at the V.A. St. Louis Health Care System, stated that the study confirming the possibilities of organ dysfunction and the problem’s scale was an important aspect. He was not a part of the aforementioned study.
Those who had been infected with the coronavirus were compared to those who had not. It examined the digital medical records of about two million people. Respiratory difficulties and musculoskeletal pain were the most common post-Covid complaints, regardless of age.