When will the prolonged symptoms of COVID disappear? What the study found

In this file photo, longtime COVID patient Gary Miller sits on his sofa at home with his dog Robert in London, Tuesday May 11, 2021. For Miller taxi driver, recovery is agonizingly slow.

In this file photo, longtime COVID patient Gary Miller sits on his sofa at home with his dog Robert in London, Tuesday May 11, 2021. For Miller taxi driver, recovery is agonizingly slow.


We’ve already learned for a long time that COVID can last for a long time for people after infection with the coronavirus, with symptoms persisting weeks or even months later.

Now, for those dealing with the medical phenomenon, a new study published Jan. 11 in the peer-reviewed journal The BMJ offers insight into when symptoms can finally end — setting a cut-off point for people.

Researchers found that after a mild infection with COVID-19, persistent health effects lasted for months for the majority of people who came into contact with it, but Most of the symptoms subsided within a yearAccording to the works conducted in Israel.

The findings came after an analysis of the health records of nearly two million Israeli patients, vaccinated and unvaccinated, who underwent a COVID-19 test between March 2020 and October 2021.

Long COVID symptoms were found to be “most noticeable” in the first six months after infection. They then began to calm down afterward, the researchers wrote.

The results indicate that “mild disease does not lead to serious or long-term chronic morbidity in the vast majority of patients,” the researchers wrote.

Here’s what else you should know about the study:

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When the research was conducted in Israel, the original SARS-CoV-2 strain as well as the alpha and delta variants were circulating in Israel, according to the study. Despite the different variables, study results have remained consistent when it comes to COVID for a long time.

Among nearly 2 million patient health records examined, the researchers compared nearly 300,000 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 — after excluding those who were hospitalized — and nearly 300,000 patients who tested negative.

The study included more than 118,000 patients under the age of 18 who had previously had COVID-19, and the average age of those who tested positive for the virus was 25, according to the research.

Among those who tested positive for the virus, many long COVID results were reported and they were divided into two categories – symptoms reported in the early stage, within one to six months after testing positive, and late stage, within six months to a year after testing positive depending on studying.

In the researchers’ analysis of the data, factors including the age and gender of patients, as well as COVID-19 variables, were taken into account.

The study found that during both the early and late stages, a mild infection with COVID-19 increased the risk of loss of smell, change in taste, difficulty breathing, brain fog, fatigue and heart palpitations.

There is also a “significant but lower” risk of tonsillitis and dizziness during both phases, the researchers wrote.

According to the study, the risk of developing other symptoms such as hair loss, chest pain, coughing, sore muscles, and respiratory problems was only increased during the first six months after a positive COVID-19 test.

In particular, vaccinated patients infected with COVID-19 had a lower risk of developing breathing problems but had a “similar risk of other outcomes compared to unvaccinated infected patients,” the authors wrote.

The study also showed that there were only slight differences between men and women when developing prolonged COVID, and that children were less affected by prolonged COVID symptoms in the first six months after infection.

for most Long covid patients“This is only going to get better,” study author Maittal Bevas-Pineta told NBC News.

One of the strengths of their research, the study authors write, is that it included many younger patients, who they said were “underrepresented” in previous studies, who had mild COVID-19 infections.

A limitation of the work, they said, is that the prolonged COVID symptoms identified in the study were those reported by patients, not those diagnosed.

What are the odds of getting a long-term covid virus?

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in May, about 1 in 5 adults COVID symptoms may appear at least one long time after infection.

In late August, the Brookings Institution reported that about 16 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 65 estimated Living with COVID for a long time.

The long term COVID has been made popular by patients who have continued to experiment lasting health effects of the virus, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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Julia Marnin is a McClatchy National Real-Time reporter covering the Southeast and Northeast while in New York. She is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and joined McClatchy in 2021. She previously wrote for Newsweek, Modern Luxury, Gannett, and more.

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