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Lengthy Covid can have an effect on youthful adults even when the virus would not

Younger adults are among the seventh adults with coronavirus to suffer from Covid for a long time, new research confirms.

During the pandemic, it was widely recognized that people under 50 suffer less from severe Covid – but that doesn’t mean they won’t be affected by the symptoms long after testing positive.

US experts found that one in seven adults under 65 had at least one new condition that required medical attention within three weeks to six months of catching Covid. This was 5% higher than a comparison group of people without coronavirus in 2020.

The numbers are consistent with those for long covid compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). In April it announced that almost one in seven people in the UK who tested positive for Covid-19 still has symptoms three months later.

What did the study find out?

The study, published by the British Medical Journal, looked at the three weeks to six months after being infected with Covid-19 and found that people suffered from a number of medical conditions: chronic respiratory failure, abnormal heart rhythm, memory problems, diabetes, liver abnormalities, anxiety and Fatigue.

The researchers, who included a team from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said, “Although people older than those who had pre-existing medical conditions and were hospitalized for Covid-19 were at undue risk (of suffering) New conditions), younger adults (50 years old and younger), people with no pre-existing conditions, or people not hospitalized for Covid-19 were also at increased risk. “

The study used health insurance records to look at data for 266,586 adults aged 18 to 65 who were diagnosed with Covid-19 between January and October 2020. People were assigned to three comparison groups without coronavirus, including a group diagnosed with a different respiratory infection.

Those who had Covid were at higher risk of persistent health problems than those in the other groups.

As the number of people infected with coronavirus continues to rise worldwide, “the number of survivors is with potential ramifications [a condition which is the consequence of a previous disease] after Covid will continue to grow, “said the researchers.

In an editorial alongside the results, Elaine Maxwell of the National Institute for Health Research said, “Health professionals should be aware of the possibility of long-term Covid in those with confirmed or suspected Covid-19. How to address these longer term consequences is now an urgent research priority. “

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