Research Highlights: Patients May Experience Fatigue, Muscle Weakness, Sleep Difficulties, Anxiety, or Depression Few Months After COVID-19 Infection

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Temporal changes of seropositivity and antibody titres against SARS-CoV-2. Image Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32656-8

Research Highlights: Patients May Experience Fatigue, Muscle Weakness, Sleep Difficulties, Anxiety, or Depression Few Months After COVID-19 Infection

Original Article: https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(20)32656-8

  • Long-term health consequences of COVID-19 remain unclear.
  • The study aim to describe the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 patients who have been discharged from hospital.
  • Researchers investigate the associated risk factors, in particular disease severity.
  • Researchers did a cohort study of patients with COVID-19 who had been discharged from a Chinese hospital between January 7, 2020 and May 29, 2020.
  • Researchers observed fatigue, muscle weakness, sleep difficulties, anxiety, or depression 6 months after acute COVID-19 viral infection.
  • Patients who had severe COVID-19 during their hospital stay were more severely impaired in their pulmonary diffusion capacities.
  • Pulmonary diffusing capacity refers to the amount of gas that is transferred from the alveoli to blood during gas exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide.
  • Patients who were more severely ill during their hospital stay had more severe impaired pulmonary diffusion capacities.
  • Patients who were severely ill also manifest abnormal chest imaging, thus they are the main target population for intervention of long-term recovery.

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Source:

Huang, C., Huang, L., Wang, Y., Li, X., Ren, L., Gu, X., Kang, L., Guo, L., Liu, M., Zhou, X., Luo, J., Huang, Z., Tu, S., Zhao, Y., Chen, L., Xu, D., Li, Y., Li, C., Peng, L., Li, Y., … Cao, B. (2021). 6-month consequences of COVID-19 in patients discharged from hospital: a cohort study. Lancet (London, England), S0140-6736(20)32656-8. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)32656-8

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