New research has identified some of the main factors, which can make people suffer from COVID19 infection for a long time. Long COVID is a condition, where people recover from the infection but continue to suffer from a wide range of COVID19 symptoms such as shortness of breath, migraine, and chronic fatigue. An analysis done by scientists from King’s College London has shown that one in 20 people, who have been diagnosed with COVID19 infection, will deal with the symptoms of long COVID for at least eight weeks. While looking at the risk factors for long COVID, experts have said that at least 10 percent of people in the age range of 18 to 49 years, who have been diagnosed with the disease, are affected by long COVID infection. The new study has observed the data of 4182 users of the COVID Symptom Study App, who have been tested positive for coronavirus.
Experts have pointed out some of the major factors for developing long COVID. They have said people who are overweight, and women who are suffering from asthma and have developed a higher number of symptoms in the first week of the infection are more likely to be diagnosed with long COVID. Scientists have said that nearly 22 percent of people who are above the age of 70 years are at a higher risk of developing long COVID symptoms. The study has claimed that women are at a greater risk of being diagnosed with long COVID than men. Nearly 14.5 percent of women are diagnosed with this condition as compared to only 9.5 percent of men being diagnosed with long-term symptoms of the disease. Experts have identified two groups of symptoms linked to long COVID infection. The first group includes respiratory symptoms such as cough, severe fatigue, shortness of breath, and headache. The second group of symptoms of long COVID includes multi-organ failure such as brain, gut, and heart.
Scientists have developed a model, which can identify people who are at a higher risk of long COVID by analyzing their age, gender, and numbers of early signs of the disease. The lead author of the study has said that the findings of the study can be a great help for targeted early interventions. As per the study, at least one out of 50 people suffers from long COVID symptoms for longer than two and a half months. At the same time, 1 out of 7 people, those who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, deals with elongated symptoms for at least a month. Such findings might pave the way for preventive measures and treatment plans for long COVID.