(ORDO NEWS) — Despite the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is on the decline, many people are still suffering from the consequences of the disease.
A survey of almost 1,000 patients with post-COVID syndrome showed that 89% of respondents did not return to their pre-COVID state of health a year after the disease.
Many people endure post-COVID syndrome much harder than the coronavirus itself
In a new study by a team from University College Cork, Ireland, 988 long-covid patients were interviewed. Fewer than 10% of the cohort experienced a severe form of the coronavirus and required hospitalization. 62% noted that they suffered the disease easily.
Although the majority of respondents reported that their health did not return to normal after suffering an acute infection, only a small number of them reported experiencing severe post-COVID symptoms.
Just under 40% said their symptoms still affect their ability to work, and 16% of participants currently receive welfare payments due to their condition.
A disease that takes years
The findings echoed a 2021 study that looked at the long-term effects of the disease in more than 3,500 people from 56 countries.
The work was limited to a 35-week follow-up, but it showed that 91% of patients had not returned to baseline health seven months after an acute infection.
Another study, conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, followed up more than 30,000 patients for 18 months after illness.
During their last follow-up, between six and 18 months after infection, 42% of patients reported that they felt only “partially recovered.” 6% of respondents reported that after six months they did not feel better at all.
“While there is still much to be learned about post-COVID conditions, there is a clear need for specialized multidisciplinary services to treat patients with post-COVID syndrome,” said Corinna Sadlier, one of the authors of the new study.
“Research is also urgently needed to identify the mechanisms underlying long-term symptoms.”
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