China’s ‘long Covid’ study finds most common side effect is being unable sleep

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Symptoms of the coronavirus may stick around for up to six months a recent study of 1,733 people who were hospitalised at the Jin Yin-tan Hospital has revealed.

Research shows that patients who first tested positive in Wuhan, China, at the start of the outbreak in January 2020, were still experiencing several symptoms including difficulty sleeping in May 2020.

Evidence states that around 63 per cent of the patients whose data was examined by scientists were still experiencing fatigue, while a further 26per cent of people faced difficulty sleeping.

While a third of patients whose data was looked at also showed symptoms of a kidney malfunction including a build-up of bodily waste in the participant's blood.

This further backed a previous study that showed the virus could damage tissues in the testicles.

Long-term lung damage was also found in a large number of patients, with around 400 X-rays showing signs of "ground glass" in the lung tissue, causing patients to experience a shortage of breath.

However, some patients were in a state which prevented them being able to take a breath deep enough to complete a lung performance test.

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Dr Cao Bin from the China Japan-Friendship Hospital in Beijing wrote in the medical journal The Lancet: "Longer follow-up studies in a larger population are necessary to understand the full spectrum of health consequences from Covid-19."

He added: "Our analysis indicates that most patients continue to live with at least some of the effects of the virus after leaving the hospital, and highlights a need for post-discharge care."

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Further research by Dr Cao revealed that almost a quarter of the participants also suffered depression and anxiety half a year after first being admitted to the hospital for treatment.

It's claimed that a small number of patients that were studied showed low levels of antibodies meaning that they would not be protected from contracting the virus more than once, with researchers adding: "the risk of reinfection should be monitored."

Meanwhile, it was recently announced that the number of people who have been infected with COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, could be around three times the official figure, according to a study by Chinese researchers based in the city.

With the city's total population at more than 10 million, the researchers estimated that as many as 168,000 Wuhan residents were infected with the virus, compared to the official number of 50,340 hospitalised cases.

It's believed that around two-thirds of the total number were asymptomatic.

Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan at the end of 2019, with the first outbreak of the virus linked to a seafood market in the capital city.

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  • China
  • Coronavirus

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