Two years after the coronavirus infection, half of patients admitted to hospital still have at least one symptom, according to the longest follow-up study available to date. Researchers followed 1,192 participants in China infected with Sars-CoV-2 during the first phase of the pandemic in 2020. The results were published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.
Covid-19: 2 years later, patients are still in poorer health than the general population
The analysis reveals that physical and mental health have improved over time, but it also shows that former Covid-19 patients still tend to have poorer health and quality of life than the general population. And this is particularly the case for people with long Covid, who still have at least one symptom two years after infection.
“Our results indicate that for a certain proportion of hospitalized Covid-19 survivors, although they were able to clear the initial infection, it takes more than two years to fully recover from the disease. The continued follow-up of coronavirus survivors, particularly those with long-lasting symptomsis essential for understanding the longer course of the disease, in order to further explore the benefits of rehabilitation programs for recovery,” said Professor Bin Cao of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital. in China and lead author of the study.
To obtain these results, the scientists followed the surviving patients hospitalized with Covid-19 at six months, 12 months and two years. These assessments included a six-minute walk testlaboratory tests and symptom questionnairesthe Mental Health, health-related quality of life, return to work and health care use after discharge. The negative effects of long Covid on quality of life, exercise capacity, mental health, and healthcare utilization were determined by comparing participants with and without long Sars-CoV-2 symptoms. Two-year health outcomes were determined through a control group with no history of Covid-19 infection.
Results ? Several symptoms have been identified in former patients, two years after infection. We tell you about it in pictures.