September 25, 2022

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75% severe ill COVID-19 patients still have sequelae a year after discharge

75% severe ill COVID-19 patients still have sequelae a year after discharge



 

75% severe ill COVID-19 patients still have sequelae a year after discharge。

JAMA: 75% of severe ill COVID-19 patients still have physical or mental problems a year after discharge.

 

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, human beings’ cognition of the virus has been constantly refreshed. As a “flying disaster” for the entire human race, the field and scope of its impact are also increasing. It is obvious that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused incalculable losses to the world economy and has profoundly affected the social order of mankind.

 

The receptor ACE2 of the new coronavirus is a receptor protein widely distributed in the human body, mainly in organs and tissues such as the respiratory tract , intestine , kidney , heart and testis .

 

Many studies have pointed out that the new coronavirus infection will not only bring disease and death, but also cause other complications, and cause sequelae of varying degrees and symptoms after the patient recovers. Common sequelae include loss of smell , fatigue, dyspnea, arthralgia, chest pain and even depression .

Many studies have shown that after being infected with the new coronavirus, even after recovery, there may still be long-term sequelae, so some people call it ” Long COVID ” . So, what is the long-term impact of the COVID-19 on those severely ill patients who have been admitted to the ICU?

 

On January 24, 2022, a research team from Radboud University in the Netherlands published a research paper titled: Clinical Outcomes Among Patients With 1-Year Survival Following Intensive Care Unit Treatment for COVID-19 in the top international medical journal JAMA .

 

The research team followed and monitored critically ill COVID-19 patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) between March 2020 and July 2020 , including 246 survivors (176 males, 70 females, average age 61 years old) ) completed a 1-year follow-up, which is also the first global scientific study on the long-term problems of COVID-19 ICU survivors.

It was found that 75% of these survivors developed physical or mental/cognitive problems one year after leaving the ICU.

 

75% severe ill COVID-19 patients still have sequelae a year after discharge

 

The study showed that 74.3% of COVID-19 ICU survivors still had various problems a year after leaving the ICU .

These are mainly physical problems, with half of them experiencing fatigue, other physical problems such as pain, muscle weakness and shortness of breath.

In addition, psychiatric symptoms were also common, with 26.2% of people experiencing psychiatric symptoms , feeling anxiety or post-traumatic stress. In addition, 16.2% had cognitive problems, such as problems with memory or concentration.

 

75% severe ill COVID-19 patients still have sequelae a year after discharge

 

These various problems negatively affect their daily lives. More than half said there were problems at work due to health conditions , some of whom had reduced hours, some were still on sick leave, and some had even had to quit their jobs.

 

Marieke Zegers , lead researcher at Radboud University Medical Centre, said the study showed the incredible impact Covid-19 had on critically ill patients who had been in the ICU, and while they survived, 75% of them were Years later, there are still various physical and mental problems, and half of the people are unable to fully return to normal work and life due to fatigue or lack of energy.

 

 

75% severe ill COVID-19 patients still have sequelae a year after discharge

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