This study examined the effects of long COVID in the younger population.
We’ve heard many anecdotes from older people suffering from the hardest COVID-19 symptoms at the onset of the pandemic. The youngest seemed to be mostly immune from the worst of the pandemic. Like COVID-19 the research has arrived, it is now clear that this is not the case. A recently published study reports that nearly 70% of “low risk” patients develop damage to one or more organs nearly four months since their first infection with SARS-CoV-2.
This study looked at the effects of COVID-19 along in the younger population. It was carried out by a team of researchers from Oxford University Hospitals, Mayo Clinic Healthcare and University College London. The study was published in medRxiv, and still awaiting peer review.
What is’ long COVID-19 ‘?
‘Long COVID’ or ‘Long Haul COVID’ refers to the long term side effects of COVID-19 that many people now find themselves facing. People with long-term COVID are commonly referred to as ” long haul. «
Two people who have suffered from a long COVID can have very different symptoms. Some of them include extreme fatigue, headache, muscle weakness, mild fever, brain fog, hair loss, etc. They can also include a persistent cough, joint pain, muscle pain, hearing and vision problems, headaches, loss of smell and taste as well as damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys. and the intestine, according to a report by BBC.
Vital organs seem affected
The study looked at 201 people from the UK from April to September. The patients included in the study were on average 44 years old. Of 201 participants, 18% had a history of hospitalization due to COVID-19 . Researchers report finding damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen as a result of the infection.
“The good news is that the impairment is mild, but even with a conservative lens there is some impairment, and in 25% of people it affects two or more organs,” Amitava Banerjee, cardiologist and associate professor of science clinical data at University College London said The Guardian. “This is interesting because we need to know if [the impairments] continue or improve – or if there is a subgroup of people that could get worse. ”
The team also found that the symptoms and tests blood of a person could not predict organ damage or hospitalization. Study reports no serious damage to vital organs, but strongly indicates that COVID-19 patients (even with mild to moderate symptoms) receive appropriate health care to completely overcome the infection.
The research also cautions that certain assumptions were made that could limit the scope of its findings. It describes “mild organ damage rather than severe organ damage”, but the extent and high rates of infection of the pandemic in people at low risk (by age and underlying conditions) is an important and less explored area of research. under COVID-19 . The study highlights the need for more medium and long-term impact studies of SARS-CoV-2 infection in health or policy areas.
This is all the more important given that the repercussions of COVID-19 are not only physical, but also mental. A Oxford Study found that within three months after a person tested positive for COVID-19 , they have a higher risk of developing some kind of mental illness. They also found that those who already have a pre-existing mental disorder are 65% more likely to contract and test positive for COVID-19 .
According to a report by The imprint, researchers from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in New Delhi recruit participants to participate in a long COVID study.
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