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

A Dutch study launched on Saturday reviews that one in eight adults who’re contaminated with COVID-19 expertise long-term signs or what is commonly often called long COVID.

Long COVID refers to any of greater than two dozens signs that linger, recur or first seem no less than one month after a coronavirus an infection. These can have an effect on all elements of the physique and should embrace fatigue, shortness of breath, mind fog and blood clots.

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In a press release launched Thursday, the lead writer, Judith Rosmalen from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, mentioned the study known as the “Persistence of somatic symptoms after COVID-19 in the Netherlands” appears into the signs most frequently related with long COVID, together with respiration issues, fatigue and lack of style or odor, each earlier than a COVID-19 prognosis and in individuals who haven’t been recognized with the virus.

“This method allows us to take pre-existing symptoms and symptoms in non-infected people into account to offer an improved working definition for long COVID and provide a reliable estimate at how likely long COVID-19 is to occur in the general population,” mentioned Rosmalen.


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She mentioned there may be an “urgent need” for knowledge that may inform the size and scope of the long-term signs skilled by some sufferers after COVID-19 sickness.

“However, most previous research into long COVID has not looked at the frequency of these symptoms in people who haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19 or looked at individual patients’ symptoms before the diagnosis of COVID-19,” Rosmalen added.

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Researchers establish core signs of long COVID-19

According to the press launch, in this study, researchers collected knowledge by asking members to usually fill out digital questionnaires on 23 signs generally related with long COVID.

The questionnaire was despatched out 24 instances to the identical people between March 2020 and August 2021.

“Most of the data were collected before the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in The Netherlands so the number of vaccinated participants was too small to analyze in this study,” the press launch said.

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Researchers mentioned by wanting on the signs of people each earlier than and after a COVID-19 an infection they had been capable of establish core signs of long COVID-19.

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These core signs are chest ache, difficulties respiration, ache when respiration, painful muscle tissues, lack of style and odor, tingling extremities, lump in throat, feeling cold and warm, heavy arms and/or legs, and basic tiredness.

“The severity of these symptoms plateaued at three months after infection with no further decline,” the discharge mentioned.

“Other symptoms that did not significantly increase three to five months after a COVID-19 diagnosis included headache, itchy eyes, dizziness, back pain and nausea,” it added.

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PhD candidate and first writer of the study, Aranka Ballering, mentioned that “these core symptoms have major implications for future research, as these symptoms can be used to distinguish between post-COVID-19 condition and non-COVID-19-related symptoms.”

Ballering mentioned that because of the study she and her teammates had been capable of establish signs that stem from folks experiencing stress brought on by the pandemic, that are extra psychological than bodily.

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“Post-COVID-19 condition, otherwise known as long COVID, is an urgent problem with a mounting human toll. Understanding the core symptoms and the prevalence of post-COVID-19 in the general population represents a major step forward for our ability to design studies that can ultimately inform successful healthcare responses to the long-term symptoms of COVID-19,” she mentioned.

-With recordsdata from Reuters

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