"Persistent Covid": profile of patients who may be affected by a prolonged form of the disease

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According to a recent study, coronavirus symptoms can last more than eight weeks in some patients. During this research, the scientists drew up the typical profile of people with long forms of Covid-19.

A new study from the Royal College of London suggests that one in twenty people experience coronavirus symptoms for more than eight weeks. Since the end of March, Dr. Claire Steves and Professor Tim Spector have followed 4,182 participants. The latter described her symptoms and revealed the results of her screening tests on "Covid Symptom Study Apply", a British platform. One in seven people also remains ill for at least four weeks, the researchers say.

Covid-19 manifests itself with various symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, body aches, fatigue, diarrhea, or loss of taste and smell. "Having more than five manifestations in the first week is one of the risk factors for a prolonged form of the disease," Dr. Claire Stevens told the BBC.

Covid-19: women most affected by long forms

During the study, the researchers tried to establish a typical profile of patients who develop a long form of Covid-19. Results: It is women over 50 with asthma or respiratory disease who contract long forms. "We have seen in recent data that while men are much more likely to get seriously ill and die from Covid-19, women are the ones who are sick the longest," added Claire Steves.

Scientists say that patients may have respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) or damage to the brain, heart, or intestines for several weeks. For Dr. Steves, it is very important "to identify these people and provide them with preventive strategies. It is also crucial to make sure they receive the care they need to recover."

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