According to a report, almost a third of recovered Covid-19 patients during a UK study ended up back in the hospital within 5 months — and up to one in eight died of complications from the illness.
Researchers at the UK’s Leicester University discovered that out of 47,780 persons discharged from the hospital, 29.4% were readmitted within 140 days, while 12.3% died.
Respiratory disease was diagnosed in 14,140 persons after discharge, with 6,085 of the diagnoses in patients who had no history of respiratory conditions. The average age of the study participants was sixty-five years.
Many people who suffer long-standing effects of Covid-19 develop heart problems, diabetes, and chronic liver and kidney conditions, according to the report.
The research also found a greater risk of problems developing in different organs after people younger than 70 and ethnic minorities were discharged from the hospital
People seem to be going home, getting long-standing effects, coming back in and dying. Almost 30% have been readmitted, and that’s a lot of people, Kamlesh Khunti said.
Study author Khunti, a professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at Leicester University added that the message to take here is that we need to prepare for long Covid. It’s a huge task to follow up with these patients and the National Health Service is really pushed at the moment, but some sort of monitoring needs to be arranged.
Khunti said the researchers were surprised that many people were readmitted with a new diagnosis, adding that it was necessary to make sure people were placed on protective therapies, plus statins and aspirin.
We’re not sure if it’s because the Coronavirus destroyed the beta cells which make insulin, and you get Type 1 diabetes, or whether it causes insulin resistance, and you develop Type 2, but we are seeing these new diagnoses of diabetes, he said.
Khunti also said that they’ve seen studies where survivors have had MRS scans and they have cardiac problems and liver problems. “These people urgently need follow-up and they need to be on things like aspirin”.
Dr. Charlotte Summers, a lecturer at the University of Cambridge who was not involved in the study told the Guardian that there has been so much talk about people dying from Covid, but death is not the only result that matters.
“The fact that there is an increased risk in people, particularly young people, means that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Dr. Summers added.
Source: New York Post