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According to a new Israeli study, among adults who have recovered from COVID-19, one in three cannot recover to their previous level of health even after several months.
After recovery " about 34.6% of those surveyed reported that they had not returned to their original state of health,” according to a peer-reviewed study conducted by researchers from Maccabi Healthcare Services, one of the country's four health funds, based on interviews with 699 patients six months after recovery.
On average, respondents were examined five months after recovery.
The study, led by Maccabi Chief Research and Innovation Officer Dr. Tal Palaton, highlighted the prevalence of symptoms, including memory impairment and muscle aches, and warned of the public health implications of prolonged COVID. Politicians “should expect significant public health impacts from this syndrome.” the message says.
The study found that symptoms were much more common among those who had an acute illness compared to those who were asymptomatic. Also, a higher percentage of distribution was recorded among women. Smokers and people who are overweight are also more susceptible to long-term coronavirus disease, according to the study.
Maccabi conducted the study in September 2021, two months before the Omicron strain arrived in Israel. This means that the results do not reflect possible differences in long-term COVID patterns after recovery from Omicron compared to previous strains.
Because the new study included a control group of 1,398 people, it shows how much more common health complaints are among those who have recovered from COVID than among others. memory compared to 14% of non-infected people. For chest pain, the comparisons were 20% vs. 12%, and for weakness, 53% vs. 33%.
Myalgia, or muscle pain, was experienced by 24.7% in the non-COVID group and 40% in the COVID group.
Speaking of the importance of the results, the authors wrote: “The impact of COVID-19 on human health is enormous and constantly evolving. This is a dynamic and ever-changing area of research and health care with unpredictable consequences. One area of concern is the long-term impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on health. A prolonged COVID could significantly affect the global health of humanity in the coming years.
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