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Review Shows One In Three Covid-19 Survivors Suffer Long-Term Health Issues

By now, we should already know how life-threatening Covid-19 can be. In fact, its impact on our health can last even after recovery from the disease. A recent review found that at least one in three patients that were hospitalised with Covid-19 suffers from long-term health issues, which include multiple organ problems and deteriorated mental health.

Researchers from Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute reviewed nine long-term studies from Europe, the United States and China to look at the lasting impact of the Covid-19 disease and found that several patients reported multiple organ problems even months after they were discharged from hospital.

This is because studies have shown that although it’s commonly believed that severe Covid-19 infects patients’ lungs, the virus is also known to attack other organs, which eventually leads to various health complications like cardiovascular illness and chronic inflammation.

In fact, among the common long-term Covid-19 symptoms showed in recovered patients include fatigue, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There are even reported cases of hair loss among 20% of patients from multiple studies.

According to Kartik Sehgal, the lead author of this review, these results probably only managed to capture the tip of the iceberg, which is why the researchers are calling for further investigation into the long-term effects of Covid-19 to help treat people with lingering, life-altering symptoms.

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