How Covid-19 is disrupting the lives of former patients

THE ESSENTIAL

  • Covid-19 affects all aspects of life, not just health.
  • Two months later, for example, many people had to ration their food or medicine because of the financial losses caused by the disease.
  • Some people have even become dependent because of the coronavirus, no longer able to provide their own care.

Covid-19 does not only leave traces on health, it also turns our lives upside down. In a study published on November 11, 2020 in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of Michigan noted all aspects of our lives that were disrupted by Covid-19.

A suffering beyond the physical

To understand what Covid-19 had changed in the lives of people who contracted it, they have 488 surviving patients of Covid-19, about two months after being discharged from hospital. Within two months of discharge from hospital, nearly 7% of patients died and more than 10% were treated in an intensive care unit.

These data suggest the burden of COVID-19 extends far beyond the hospital and far beyond health, says Vineet Chopra, lead author of the study and head of department at the University of Michigan Medical Center. The mental, financial and physical consequences of this disease on the survivors appear to be considerable. ”

More than 39% of the patients surveyed indicated that they had not resumed their normal activities two months after leaving the hospital. At the same time, 12% of patients said they could no longer provide basic care themselves. Almost 23% of patients said they gasped just when walking up stairs, and a third of them had permanent symptoms of Covid-19, such as loss of taste or smell.

Heavy repercussions on their lives

Among people who had a job before the Covid-19 crisis, 40% of them think they will not be able to return to work, either because they have been made redundant in the meantime, or because the problems of health caused by the coronavirus are too important. Almost 10% of respondents say they have used most or all of their savings, and 7% said they have started rationing food, heat and medicine because of the cost.

“The number of people struggling after Covid-19 gives new urgency to the development of programs to better promote and support healing after acute illness”, says Hallie Prescott, lead author of the study and pulmonologist at the University of Michigan Medical Center.


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