Public health experts are divided on how many people are affected by the long-lasting COVID-19, a debilitating condition that occurs after a patient recovers from a coronavirus.
Consequences of the condition can include fatigue, illness, neurological problems, and even changes in mental health.
Initially, public health officials believed that only a small percentage of people would suffer from long-term COVID-19. However, some studies now show that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus have been experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 for a long time.
However, estimates of the number of people with long-term COVID are on the map.
Researchers at Penn State Medical College found that more than half of those who survived COVID-19 were chronically ill with COVID-19.
Another study from the University of Arizona found that 2 out of 3 people with mild to moderate coronavirus symptoms have long-term symptoms.
Other reports are more conservative, with long-term symptoms occurring in 10 to 30 percent of infected people. People who experience prolonged COVID-19 symptoms are sometimes referred to as COVID-19 long-term carriers.
In general, people who developed severe cases of COVID-19 believed that they would have COVID-19 for a long time, but those who had asymptomatic cases also reported the effects months after testing.
One problem in determining how long a person will receive COVID-19 in the long run is to determine it.
In addition to the wide range of symptoms, there is controversy as to when a person should be considered COVID-19 for a long time. Some health authorities believe that if a patient’s symptoms persist after three to six weeks, the patient is considered ill, while others believe that he or she should be treated for a long period of time.
Jim Heath, president and professor at the Institute of Systems Biology, who heads the Northwest Pacific Consortium, is conducting research on COVID-19 as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) RECOVER initiative, which is studying the post-COVID-19 situation. Possible ways to prevent and treat.
Heath Hill was told that if a single definition of COVID-19 was used, and symptoms lasted four to six weeks after infection, then about half of those infected would be considered long-term COVID-19.
“But if you look at six months, it’s about 15 percent for people who can really live with something, like that. I don’t know if we really have the exact numbers, ”Heath said.
Heath said that 15 to 20 percent of survivors of coronavirus who had been infected with COVID-19 for a long time after six months had a reasonable “educated hypothesis” and that there was evidence to support the rate of its occurrence.
Commenting on The Hill, the NIH said initial research said at least half of the hospitalized COVID-19 patients had “persistent weakness or fatigue” months after recovery.
According to the NIH, studies on the prevalence of COVID-19 over a long period of time have been “relatively small” and all of them have been targeted at people with symptomatic cases of COVID-19.
The hit reiterated that most people will not take COVID-19 for long, at least if you think it will last for six months after infection. For comparison, about 15 percent of people with Lyme disease are exposed to a tick-borne bacterial infection for more than six months.
The uniqueness of the long-lasting COVID-19 is that it appears when there are easy moments, said Heath.
The NIH said that a large number of observational studies in both children and adults are being conducted to find potential treatments for long-haul carriers. The agency has applied to a new clinic to launch COVID-19 this summer to test potential ways of long-term prevention and treatment.
“Unlike the wealth of preliminary knowledge that led to the development of vaccines against Sars-CoV-2 and many other viruses, little is known about what causes persistent post-infectious symptoms or how to best treat them. more knowledge is needed, ”NIH said.