Covid: Almost 70% of people reporting the same symptom around 125 days after testing positive

Covid: Almost 70% of people reporting the same symptom around 125 days after testing positive

Symptomatic cases of Covid appear to be falling in the UK after a sustained surge. The curve may be going in the right direction, but more than 100,000 new cases a day are still being reported. With a wider group of Britons coming back with symptomatic Covid, cases of prolonged Covid are on the rise. Now, a new US-based study has found that one particular symptom stubbornly persists more than others.

A new study, published in Brain, Behavior & Immunity – Health, examined persistent symptoms among 200 patients with COVID-19 about 125 days after testing positive for the virus.

All patients were enrolled in the University of Georgia’s Prospective Neurological and Molecular COVID-19 Cohort Study, which was developed in early 2020 to study the severity and longevity of neurological problems reported by those infected with the virus.

Most of the first enrollees in the study were women, with only 35.5% men. The average age of a study participant was 44.6 years, and nearly 40% were black.

We analyzed demographic data, self-reported symptoms, comorbidities (having more than one disease or condition present), and quantitative measures of depression, anxiety, smell, taste, and cognition.

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“There are a lot of symptoms that we didn’t know at the beginning of the pandemic what to do with them, but now it’s clear that there’s a long COVID syndrome and that there are a lot of people affected,” said Dr. Elizabeth Rutkowski, a neurologist at MCG. and author of the study.

“Our results support the growing evidence that there are chronic neuropsychiatric symptoms following COVID-19 infection.”

Long Covid: other signs to spot

There are many symptoms you may have after a COVID-19 infection, including:

  • Problems with memory and concentration (“brain fog”)
  • Chest pain or tightness
  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Light headed
  • Tingling
  • Pain in the joints
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Tinnitus, earache
  • Nausea, diarrhea, stomach ache, loss of appetite
  • High temperature, cough, headache, sore throat, changes in the sense of smell or taste
  • eruptions

The NHS says to contact a GP if you are concerned about symptoms four weeks or more after having COVID-19 or think you may have had COVID-19.

This advice is becoming more and more prominent as the Omicron BA.5 makes its way among the population.

Many more people have been infected during the omicron wave than during the delta wave, the total number with long covid will be higher.

In June, the Office for National Statistics estimated that the number of people suffering from prolonged covid rose from 1.3 million in January 2022 to two million on 1 May 2022.


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