Covid-19 can be considered a long illness according to the US authorities

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In a recently released report, US health authorities indicate with supporting figures that Covid-19 should be considered a long illness.

Covid-19 can be a long-lasting disease, even in young adults without underlying chronic conditions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned in a report published July 24.

Of the 292 respondents to a multistate telephone survey of adults who tested positive for coronavirus, 94% said they had experienced one or more symptoms at the time of the test, and 35% of these symptomatic respondents said they had not recovered their condition. usual health on the date of the interview, performed approximately 16 days after the screening test. And contrary to what one might think, being young without chronic pathologies does not prevent a difficult recovery after infection with Sars-CoV-2, since 26% of young people between 18 and 34 years old declared not having fully recovered your health condition. They are 32% between 35-49 years and 47% among those over 50, they detail. Among the symptoms still present three weeks after the positive test, respondents indicated in particular having persistent cough, fatigue or shortness of breath.

For US officials, these results indicate that coronavirus infection can lead to prolonged illness, even in people with a milder outpatient form, including young adults. Therefore, the CDC believes that "an effective public health message directed at these groups is warranted" and that "preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, and consistent and correct use of face masks in public, are You should strongly recommend that you reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2."

Published on July 9 in JAMA, a study of Italian patients two months after their coronavirus infection found that more than 87% still had at least one persistent symptom, and more than half said they still had three or more symptoms. In general, it must be admitted that the long-term effects of a Sars-CoV-2 infection are not yet well understood.

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