According to a brand new study, it is quite common for COVID-19 survivors to suffer long-term symptoms even after recovering from the infection.
Apparently, over half of those who survive the virus will have to deal with an array of related health problems for a really long time, if not for the rest of their lives!
The scientists who worked on this research reviewed no less than 57 different studies that featured a total of over 250,000 unvaccinated people (both adults and children) who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and recovered between December of 2019 and March of this year.
As it turns out, to monitor the long-term effects of the infection on their health, the patients were reviewed a month after infection, 2 to 5 months after, as well as 6 and more months following their recovery.
By doing this, the researchers were able to conclude that more than 50 percent of the patients had developed significant long-term symptoms and this rate remained consistent at the 6 months or over mark, suggesting their state had not improved over half a year later.
But this isn’t the first time that a study proves this to be the case.
Another similar research from earlier this month, published in JAMA Network Open, showed that 45% of early COVID-19 survivors from Wuhan, China still struggled with at least one symptom of the virus more than a year after being discharged from the hospital!
Assistant research professor at the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering in University Park, Pennsylvania, Dr. Paddy Ssentongo told UPI that medical specialists really need to keep a close eye on these lingering symptoms from now on.
“The burden of really poor health in COVID-19 survivors is honestly overwhelming. Among these are the mental health disorders. One’s battle with COVID-19 doesn’t end with recovery from the acute infection,” Ssentongo stated.