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New study says COVID-19 symptoms can last 6 months or longer

A new study on the coronavirus from Wuhan, China, suggests COVID-19 symptoms last for months.

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Residents enjoy night life at a club in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.

Residents enjoy night life at a club in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020.

Ng Han Guan, Associated Press

A new study out of Wuhan, China — the original location of the novel coronavirus — has found that discharged patients have suffered at least one COVID-19 symptom six months after infection.

What’s going on?

The new study — published in The Lancet — found that the novel coronavirus can create problems that last for months, adding to the body of evidence that the virus creates long-term issues.

Details of the study:

The study reviewed 1,733 patients.

More than three-fourths of the patients had lingering symptoms related to the virus, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Problems with lungs
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle weakness

One extra note — the patients involved in the study were hospitalized but did not necessarily need ventilators, suggesting that it’s not only severe COVID-19 patients who suffer long-term issues, according to Axios.

Key quote:

“This is one of the first publications that really describes in some level of detail longer-term outcomes among quite a large group of people. It documents what people providing clinical care to COVID patients have known for a while now — that a large proportion of people do have long-term health consequences,” Dr. Michael Peluso, an infectious disease physician at the University of California San Francisco, who was not involved in the study, told The New York Times.