There are many lasting effects of COVID 19, but a study states that people who experience initial severe symptoms are at greater risk of long term effects and complication.
This study is considered the most extensive post-acute COVID study called the “Long COVID.” It was conducted by the scientists using the database of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More than 73,000 patients who have COVID Infection and were not hospitalized were examined in these health-related results. These results were further compared with more than 5 million users of the VA Health care system who were neither infected with COVID nor hospitalized.
After six months of the study, it was found that patients who had COVID had long-term complications like diabetics, heart-related issues, Kidney disorder, mental disorders like anxiety, substance abuse, etc.
It’s still challenging for the researcher to tell which symptoms are caused directly by the virus and which are caused indirectly. Some of the outcomes could be the product of the virus’s inflammation, whereas others will be due to the disease’s life shifts.
Also, the researcher said that when people get infected with COVID, and they isolate themselves and are quarantined, this leads to less physical activity, change in food habits, and many more, which might also become a reason for these long term effects.
Another analytical study was done between 14,000 patients hospitalized due to seasonal flu and 13,600 patients hospitalized due to COVID infection. It was observed that patients who survived COVID infection had greater chances of post Lung infections and other complications than the Flu survivors.
The study also states that not every person who had COVID has long-term effects. People infected with COVID will experience every symptom, but it will disappear within a week, and they will become healthy. But a small portion of people, even with milder symptoms, might experience long-term effects.
Hence, the healthcare system must be ready to deal with the post COVID disorders shortly.