Covid-19: nine out of ten people could suffer persistent sequelae

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Nine out of ten Covid-19 patients may suffer lingering sequelae after recovering from the disease, according to a preliminary study conducted in South Korea.

Nine out of ten people declared cured of Covid-19 may suffer persistent symptoms such as fatigue, psychological damage and loss of smell and taste, according to a preliminary study from South Korea.

Conducted with 965 patients with Covid-19 and declared cured, the study indicates that 879 people, or 91.1% of the sample, reported suffering at least one side effect, said the head of the Agency for Prevention and Control of Diseases of Korea (KDCA) Kwon Jun-Wook at a press conference.

Fatigue was the most common persistent symptom, with 26.2% of those affected, followed by difficulty concentrating in 24.6% of those surveyed. Other sequelae included psychological or mental problems, as well as loss of taste or smell.

Although preliminary and yet to be published, this study is intriguing because it is the first to find such a high proportion of Covid-19 patients suffering from persistent symptoms, a syndrome also known as "Long Covid." Other studies, conducted in Ireland, the United States, or Italy, reported persistent symptoms, including fatigue, but to a lesser extent.

On social media, people infected with Sars-CoV-2 and victims of "Covid long" have notably shared their persistent symptoms on Twitter. These patients ask in particular that their symptoms be recognized and that specific care be created to help them cope.

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