Less than one in three people who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 have recovered completely.
The impact of long Covid in the UK was found to be shocking. The team of scientists and doctors found that women had poorer recovery rates than men after being in the hospital.
Patients reported fatigue, muscle pain, poor sleep and breathlessness a year after their initial infections.
It is clear from our research that the legacy of this disease is going to be huge, given that more than 750,000 people have been hospitalized in the UK with Covid-19 over the past two years.
Professor Chris Brightling said there is an urgent need to develop ways to tackle long Covid.
The analysis of more than 2,000 individuals from 39 hospitals who had been admitted after contracting Covid-19 will be presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Lisbon on Sunday. After five months, and then again after one year, follow-up assessments of their health were made.
Only 25% of people who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 had fully recovered five months after they had been discharged. It was striking.
Being female, obese, and having had mechanical ventilation in the hospital were all associated with worse recovery rates.
The lack of treatments that exist for long Covid was a critical factor in the poor rates of recovery.
The researchers found that many of the people who reported impairment in the wake of their hospitalisation were suffering from inflammation.
According to the Office for National Statistics, more than seven in 10 people in England have been exposed to the disease since the start of the Pandemic. A sample of more than 500,000 people was used to estimate the number of people who caught Covid between April 2020 and February 2022.
The Omicron wave of infections reached their highest prevalence after February, and this figure is likely to be an underestimate. The director of the Franklin Institute at the University of Oxford said that the majority of people in the UK have had Covid-19.
The latest wave of Covid cases have peaked, according to the ONS. The number of people with the H1N1 was estimated to be 3.8 million last week, compared with a peak of 4.9 million a month ago.