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Older patients, women and those with variety of early symptoms most at risk of 'long Covid,' paper suggests

October 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Older people, women and those with a wide range of symptoms in the first week of their illness appear to be most likely to develop "long Covid," according to a preprint paper posted online by researchers at King's College London on Wednesday.

London (CNN)Older people, women and those with a wide range of symptoms in the first week of their illness appear to be most likely to develop "long Covid," according to a preprint paper posted online by researchers at King's College London on Wednesday.

The paper defines "long Covid" as having symptoms persist for more than four weeks, while a short duration of Covid was defined as less than 10 days, without a subsequent relapse.

About 1 in 20 people with Covid-19, or 4. 5%, are likely to experience symptoms for eight weeks or more, the preprint analysis of data from the Covid Symptom Study app showed.

When it came to the sets of symptoms reported, the research identified two main groups of long Covid sufferers.

Long Covid sufferers were also twice as likely to report a relapse after they recovered compared with those who had "short Covid" (16% vs 8. 4%).

About 1 in 5 adults older than 70, or 21. 9%, who tested positive for coronavirus developed long Covid, compared with about 1 in 10 18- to 49-year-olds, the study found.

The researchers also found that people with asthma were more likely to develop long Covid, but found no clear links to any other underlying health conditions.

The researchers used the information to develop a model to predict who is most at risk of long Covid based on their age, sex, and count of early symptoms.

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