1 in 8 adults end up with long COVID, new Dutch study finds

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As a result of the study they were able to identify symptoms that stem from people experiencing stress caused by the pandemic, which are more mental than physical. Photo: Pexels


(Aya Al-Hakim/ Global News) — A Dutch study released on Saturday reports that one in eight adults who are infected with COVID-19 experience long-term symptoms or what is often known as long COVID.

Long COVID refers to any of more than two dozens symptoms that linger, recur or first appear at least one month after a coronavirus infection. These can affect all parts of the body and may include fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog and blood clots.

The study, which was published in The Lancet, found that of its 76,422 participants, “21.4 per cent experienced at least one new or severely increased symptom three to five months post-infection compared to before infection, compared to 8.7 per cent of uninfected people surveyed during the same time period, suggesting one in eight COVID-19 patients (12.7 per cent) in the general population experience long term symptoms due to COVID-19.” (…)

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