New study has revealed that people who recover from Covid-19 will still suffer from at least one symptom after six months.
The study, which was published on Saturday in the Lancet medical journal, indicated that more than three-quarters of people hospitalized with Coronavirus will still show symptoms six months on.
The new study finds fatigue or muscle weakness are the most common symptoms, while sleeping difficulties are also reported.
The research involved hundreds of patients in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where coronavirus was first detected.
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The study’s lead author professor Bin Cao, of the National Center for Respiratory Medicine, said scientists were only beginning to understand some of Covid-19’s long-term effects on patients because the virus is still a new disease.
The professor said the research highlighted the need for continuing care for patients after they have been discharged from hospital, particularly those who have had severe infections.
The research authors said the new discovery raises concerns about the possibility of Coronavirus reinfection, although they said larger samples would be needed to clarify how immunity to the virus changes over time.
The World Health Organization has said the Covid-19 poses a risk for some people of serious continuing effects – even among young, otherwise healthy people who were not hospitalized.
To date, there have been more than 89 million confirmed coronavirus cases, including some 1.9 million related deaths and 49.5 million recovered.