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A flu infection can cause physical and mental symptoms for months after a prolonged COVID-like infection, according to a new study. Study Published in PLOS Medicine, however, research suggests that COVID-19 patients are more likely to experience long-term symptoms.

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Both COVID-19 and flu patients experienced symptoms such as anxiety, fatigue, pain and shortness of breath three to six months after infection, according to a peer-reviewed study of more than 270,000 COVID-19 patients—mostly from US medical records. and approximately 115,000 influenza patients.

Researchers found evidence that Covid-19 patients were more likely to suffer from long-term symptoms than flu patients, with about 42% and 30% reporting at least one symptom three to six months after infection, respectively.

Researchers found that long-term COVID symptoms were more common in hospitalized patients, older people and women.

The researchers said it is not clear why long-term symptoms are more common in Covid-19 patients – the study did not assess the severity or persistence of reported symptoms and both groups studied had more severe disease, making it possible Done that the conclusions do not represent. general population—and called for more research to be done on the issue.

Dr Max Taquet, who led the analysis and is a clinical fellow in psychiatry at Oxford, said the data “complement findings from self-report surveys” on long-term covid and for more patients suffering from long-term. Underlines the need for health systems. Effects of Covid-19.

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Originally understood as a respiratory disease, we now know that COVID-19 affects the entire body. While many infections such as polio and measles have well-documented long-term effects, those suffering from covid for a long time struggled To get them the support, assistance and recognition they need. Post-viral syndromes follow many infections—often ignore, as Taquet notes for the flu—and War Other poorly understood, often hotly contested situations are highlighted. Estimates of long-term covids vary – several studies estimate that around 10-30% of people infected with covid-19 suffer from it – although it depends on the methods used and how long covid is diagnosed. can vary dramatically depending on.

Incidence, co-occurrence, and evolution of long-term COVID characteristics: a 6-month retrospective cohort study of 273,618 survivors of COVID-19 (PLOS Medicine)

Long-term Covid scare less common as studies confuse many other symptoms with condition (Businesshala)