The report “makes it clear that the long Covid can affect almost any organ system,” said Dr Ziyad Al-Aly, head of research and development at the VA St. Louis Health Care System, who was not involved in the new study.
“Some of these manifestations are chronic diseases that will last a lifetime and mark some individuals and families forever,” added Dr Al-Aly, author of a large study published in April on persistent symptoms in Covid patients in the Department. of the Veterans Affairs health system.
In the new study, the most common problem for which patients sought medical attention was pain – including nerve inflammation and pain associated with nerves and muscles – which was reported by more than 5% of patients. or nearly 100,000 people, more than a fifth of those who have reported post-Covid issues. Breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath, were experienced by 3.5% of post-Covid patients.
Almost 3% of patients sought treatment for symptoms labeled with diagnostic codes for malaise and fatigue, a broad category that could include issues like brain fog and exhaustion that worsen after a stroke. physical or mental activity – effects that have been reported by many people with long Covid.
Other new issues for patients, especially adults in their 40s and 50s, included high cholesterol, diagnosed in 3% of all post-Covid patients, and high blood pressure, diagnosed in 2.4%, according to the report. Dr Al-Aly said that such health conditions, which have not been commonly seen as sequelae of the virus, show “increasingly clearly that the post-Covid or the long Covid has a metabolic signature marked by disturbances in the metabolic machinery “.
Relatively few deaths – 594 – occurred 30 days or more after Covid, and most involved people who had been hospitalized for their coronavirus infection, according to the report.
The study, like many involving electronic records, only addressed certain aspects of the post-Covid landscape. He did not say when the patients’ symptoms first appeared or how long the problems persisted, and he did not assess exactly when after infection the patients sought medical help, only that he said. was for 30 days or more.