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Covid symptoms can linger for at least 6 months, new Wuhan study suggests

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Most patients who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 still suffered a variety of symptoms -- including fatigue and sleep difficulties -- six months after infection, a Chinese study has found.

(CNN)Most patients who had been hospitalized with Covid-19 still suffered a variety of symptoms -- including fatigue and sleep difficulties -- six months after infection, a Chinese study has found.

The study of more than 1,700 patients treated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, shows 76% suffered at least one symptom months after they were discharged from hospital.

"Because Covid-19 is such a new disease, we are only beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on patients' health," Dr. Bin Cao of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and Capital Medical University, who led the study team, said in a statement.

The patients of the study, with a median age of 57, were all discharged between January 7 and May 29, 2020, from Wuhan's Jinyintan Hospital, a designated Covid-19 facility that treated the world's first known people to contract the disease from December 2019.

A follow-up study of SARS survivors showed 40% of patients had chronic fatigue symptoms more than three years after infection, the researchers said.

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