The vast majority of patients treated for COVID-19 in hospitals show symptoms six months later. Fatigue and muscle weakness are the most common symptoms, according to a study published in The Lancet.
Chinese researchers have analysed 1,733 patients who were all diagnosed with COVID-19 between January and May 2020 and who were treated in hospitals in Wuhan, China.
The patients were on average 57 years old. Six months after diagnosis an overwhelming majority (76 percent) still had at least one persistent symptom. 63 percent of the patients said they experienced fatigue and muscle weakness, 26 percent said they had difficulty sleeping, while 23 percent experienced anxiety and/or depression.
The researchers also noted that the more severe the patients had had the disease, the more symptoms they also had six months later. Among these patients, the lungs and kidneys were the organs most commonly affected.