(Reuters) – At least one long-term COVID-19 symptom has been found in 37% of patients three to six months after becoming infected with the virus, a large study from the University of Oxford and the National showed on Wednesday Institute for Health Research.
The most common symptoms included breathing problems, fatigue, pain and anxiety, said University of Oxford, after investigating symptoms in more than 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 .
Symptoms were more common in people who had previously been hospitalized with COVID-19 and were slightly more common in women, according to the study.
The study did not provide any detailed cause for the long-lasting symptoms of COVID, their severity, or how long they might last.
However, he said older people and men had more difficulty breathing and cognitive problems, while young people and women had more headaches, abdominal symptoms, and anxiety or depression.
“We need to identify the mechanisms underlying the various symptoms that can affect survivors,” said Paul Harrison, professor at the University of Oxford, who led the study.
“This information will be essential if the long-term health consequences of COVID-19 are to be avoided or treated effectively,” added Harrison.
(Reporting by Tapanjana Rudra in Bangalore; Editing by Anil D’Silva)