Post-COVID health problems are common in adults, study finds

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Scientists from the CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response Team found that health conditions that may be attributable to COVID-19 are common among adult COVID-19 survivors

The research is published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and was conducted by Lara Bull-Otterson et al.

In the study, the team used electronic health record data to examine the incidence of 26 conditions often attributable to post-COVID among patients with a previous COVID-19 diagnosis (case patients) compared with matched patients without evidence of COVID-19 (controls).

Analyses were stratified by age groups (18 to 64 and ≥65 years). Follow-up was for 30 to 365 days after the infection

The team found that 38 percent of case patients and 16 percent of controls experienced a health condition. They showed heart, gut, muscles, brain, and mental disease signs and symptoms.

The highest risk was seen for acute pulmonary embolism and respiratory signs and symptoms.

For those aged 18 to 64 years, 35.4 and 14.6 percent of case patients and controls experienced a health condition, respectively; among those aged ≥65 years, the corresponding proportions were 45.4 and 18.5 percent.

These findings suggest one in five and one in four COVID-19 survivors aged 18 to 64 and ≥65 years, respectively, experiencing a health problem.

The team says these findings increase awareness of post-COVID conditions and improve post-acute care and management of patients after an illness.

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