FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) – More than 60 percent of patients with COVID-19 feel they have not returned to full health an average of 75 days after diagnosis, according to a study published online Jan. 8 in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
Liam Townsend, MB, B.Ch., Ph.D., of St. John’s Hospital. James of Dublin, and colleagues describe respiratory recovery and self-reported health after infection at the time of outpatient presence in patients with COVID-19. A total of 487 patients were offered outpatient appointments, of which 31 percent (153 participants) participated in the evaluation at an average of 75 days after diagnosis. During acute infection, 48% of these patients required hospitalization.
The researchers found that 4% of participants had abnormal chest X-rays. The median distance of six minutes of walking was 460 m; there was a correlation for the short distance covered by fragility and the length of stay in hospital. Overall, 62 percent of participants felt that they did not return to full health; the definition of fatigue was met by 47%. An increased perception of exertion was seen in association with ongoing health and fatigue. No association was observed between any of the measures of persistent respiratory disease and the severity of the initial disease.
These findings have implications for clinical care, as they demonstrate the importance of following up on all patients diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of the severity of the initial infection, Townsend said in a statement. “It is not possible to predict who will have continuous symptoms.”
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