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New research: Long covid syndrome “hits” women more


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Two out of three patients with prolonged Covid-19 are women of whom 15% have symptoms for 12 months

63.2% of people with long-term Covid-19, or almost two in three, are women, according to a global study, the most comprehensive of its kind to date.

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6.2% of people with coronavirus have symptoms of the infection that last at least three months. Impressively, 15% of sufferers continue to have one or more persistent symptoms for at least 12 months.

Most common symptoms are breathing problems (3.7%), persistent fatigue (3.2%), muscle aches, mood swings and cognitive disturbances (2.2%). The study confirmed that those who were hospitalized or admitted to an intensive care unit have a greater risk of experiencing long covid.

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The researchers, led by Dr. Sarah Wolf Hanson of the Institute for Health Measurement and Evaluation of the University of Washington in Seattle, who made the relevant publication in the American medical journal JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). They analyzed data on approximately 1.2 million people aged 4 to 66 in a total of 22 countries, who had developed symptomatic Covid-19 during the two years 2020-21.

It found that women over the age of 20 (10.6%, i.e. one in ten) had the highest proportion of long-term Covid-19, with symptoms for at least three months after initial infection, compared to about half of men of the same age (5 .4%) and much fewer children, teenagers and young people up to 20 years old (2.8%).

The estimated average duration of long-term Covid-19 symptoms was nine months for those who had been hospitalized during the acute infection and four months for those who had not required hospitalization.

See the scientific publication here


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