MONDAY, July 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) — People with long-term COVID are experiencing a wider set of symptoms than previously thought, including hair loss and sexual dysfunction, British researchers report.
An analysis of electronic health records of 2.4 million UK residents found that 12 weeks after their initial infection, COVID patients report 62 distinct symptoms far more often than those who did not have the virus.
Looking only at non-hospitalized patients, the researchers identified three distinct categories of symptoms reported by people with persistent health problems after infection.
Symptom patterns tended to be grouped primarily into respiratory or brain symptoms, alongside a third category representing a wider range of health issues, including hair loss and erectile dysfunction.
People also read…
The most common symptoms include loss of smell, shortness of breath, chest pain and fever. Others include:
- Apraxia (inability to perform familiar movements or commands)
- Fecal incontinence
- Swollen limbs.
The researchers also found that specific groups of people are at increased risk of developing long COVID. These include women, young people and ethnic minorities, as well as the poorest people, smokers, overweight or obese people and people with chronic health conditions.
“The symptoms we have identified should help clinicians and clinical guideline developers improve the assessment of patients with long-term effects of COVID-19, and then consider how best to manage this symptom burden.” , said lead researcher Shamil Haroon at a university. from the Birmingham press release. He is an associate clinical professor of public health at the university.
The study was published July 25 in the journal natural medicine.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention knows more about the long COVID.
SOURCE: University of Birmingham, press release, July 25, 2022