Long Covid becomes ‘measurable’
Thirty-seven percent of study participants had three or more Long-Covid symptoms two or three months after infection, while 24 percent reported one or two symptoms. 39 percent had no symptoms. Among those who experienced three or more symptoms of Long-Covid-19, 95 percent had one or more of the four biological factors identified in the study.
The researchers were able to confirm some of the study results in another group of 100 patients. They also compared the results with data from 457 healthy people.
According to the researchers, it is still not entirely clear how these new findings can be used in practice. They will show how important it is to collect these factors early in the course of the disease, said Jim Heath, the study’s lead author. “Once you can measure something, you might be able to do something about it. We did this analysis because we know patients go to the doctors and say they’re tired all the time or whatever, and the doctor just tells them ‘they need more sleep.'” It’s not very helpful,” Heath told The New York Times. The fact that the factors shared by Covid patients for a long time can now be measured, at least in part, demonstrates that the clinical picture exists.
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