Coronavirus: Seven in 10 hospital survivors still suffering symptoms months later

Seven out of 10 patients who were admitted to hospital with coronavirus in the UK still had symptoms five months after being discharged, a new study has found.

The research underlines the challenge of long Covid for health services across the UK, with hundreds of thousands of survivors likely to be affected to some degree. Some experts warn more than a million patients could experience some lasting effects.

More than 300,000 patients have been treated in hospital with Covid since the pandemic began with the UK-wide post-hospitalisation study examining more than 1,000 patients who were discharged between March and November 2020.

It found 71 per cent had not fully recovered from the disease with patients reporting an average of nine separate symptoms. White women aged between 40 and 60 were worst affected.

Of those who were employed before catching the virus, 18 per cent were no longer working five months after being discharged. One in five patients reported a new disability and a quarter had anxiety and depression. More than one in 10 showed signs of post traumatic stress disorder with 17 per cent having some form of ‘brain fog’.

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