The vast majority of those infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus won’t be developing a severe illness, but a recent study reveals that even dealing with mild symptoms could become dangerous. Researchers from the Radboud University Medical Center (Netherlands) examined 124 patients several weeks after their recovery from the COVID-19 disease, and the outcome isn’t very encouraging.
Some COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms who are left to recover at home turned out to be more likely of having bad health three months later compared to those who had to deal with more severe illness and needed hospitalization.
Fatigue, chest pain, and shortness of breath
These were the most common long-term health problems, and the good news is that the lungs recovered well for the majority of the patients. This is one more reason to believe that the pandemic virus not only affects the lungs, but other organs as well.
An official statement of the study writes:
Since we found no major radiological, lung functional, inflammatory or exercise capacity abnormalities in these referred mild disease patients after three months, explanations for their poor health status remain unclear at this point,
Three months after infection, about 22 percent of the formerly mild COVID-19 cases were unable to complete a walking test that lasted for six minutes, compared to just 16 percent of the formerly critical cases. Also, 22 percent of the formerly mild cases suffered from depression three months later, compared to only 10 percent of patients known as critical.
However, there is still hope if you were infected with COVID-19 and won the battle with the disease easily. The researchers involved in the study revealed that the group of mild cases analyzed is not representative for all people who had slight symptoms of COVID-19,
The study was published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.