The prolonged COVID it has been shrouded in mystery for much of the pandemic. But new research has finally shed light on those who suffer a wide range of symptoms weeks or even months after they are no longer infectious.
The new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) del United Kingdom now they have revealed that approximately 1.3 million people (2% of the population) in the European country they have self-reported long COVID to December 6. These estimates are based on participants who responded to a survey, rather than all members of the population who had been clinically diagnosed with long-term COVID.
The main characteristics detected among these patients included: be between 35 and 69 years old, be a woman, live in a more deprived area, work in healthcare, social assistance or teaching and education, and treat a pre-existing health condition or disability.
The U.S He reported that 64% of people who self-reported long COVID said it affected their daily activities. And the 21% said they had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 less than 12 weeks before. Around the 70% said they had confirmed or suspected COVID-19 does at least 12 weeks, Meanwhile he 40% said he had it at least a year ago.
Symptoms can include:
– Loss of smell and taste (parosmia)
– Difficulty breathing
– Difficult to focus (mental fog)
– joint pain
– Depression and anxiety
– Chest pain or heart palpitations
– Tinnitus or earaches
– Nausea, diarrhea, stomach aches or loss of appetite
– High temperature
– Throat pain
What should women with prolonged COVID keep in mind when resuming physical activity
New evidence appears to suggest that Women with prolonged COVID experience heart rate irregularities in response to physical exertion, and this has the potential to limit not only exercise tolerance but also free-living physical activity.
According to research published in the journal Experimental Physiology from The Physiological Society, In perspective of the higher prevalence of age-related physical disability among women, compared to men, these findings highlight the need for specific rehabilitation programs to manage the consequences of heart and lung problems in women with persistent COVID-19-related symptoms.
The doctors Stephen J. Carter and Marissa N. Baranauskas, physiologists of the Indiana University at Bloomington, in charge of the study reported significant differences in heart rate responses and recovery from a six-minute walk test in women several months after mild to moderate SARS-CoV, compared to what happened in control groups of uninfected people.
“Such alterations have the potential to limit not only exercise tolerance, but also participation in free-living physical activity in women during post-acute recovery from COVID-19.”, the researchers maintained in the publication of their results.
Although the male is associated with a increased severity and mortality of COVID-19 symptoms, recent reports suggest that women may be more susceptible to certain lung-related limitations months after recovery.
Prior to this study, hospital admissions data from Mayo Clinic they already indicated that women outnumber men 3: 1 in seeking treatment for persistent symptoms after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. However, the influence of these persistent abnormalities on the physical functioning of people recovering from mild to moderate COVID-19 has not yet been studied.