The next wave of the pandemic: Long Covid
Category: Health, Science & TechnologyVia: hallux • 2 months ago • 3 comments
By: Caitlin Owens - Axios
It does not appear to matter what kind of healthcare you have, the system will be stressed and possibly to the breaking point.
Two studies released last week emphasized how common it is for COVID survivors to require care months after their infection.
One study, published Thursday in Nature , found that, between one and six months post-infection, people whose coronavirus cases didn't require hospitalization had a 60% higher risk of death than people who hadn't been infected with the virus, per the New York Times .
These non-hospitalized COVID patients also had a 20% greater chance of needing outpatient medical care over those six months post-infection. Their symptoms spanned across organ systems and also included mental health issues.
Some could become chronic health conditions requiring lifelong treatment.
“We found it all,” Ziyad Al-Aly, chief of the research and development service at the VA St. Louis Health Care System and an author of the study, t old the NYT. “What was shocking about this when you put it all together was like ‘Oh my God,’ you see the scale."