What’s going on?
A new study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Medicine found that patients who suffer from five specific COVID-19 symptoms in the first week of illness are more likely to become long-haulers.
Those five symptoms include:
- Hoarse voice
- Muscle pain
- Difficulty breathing
A look at the numbers
Per USA Today, the study comes from researchers at King’s College London, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. The study’s researchers asked COVID-19 patients from the U.S., U.K. and Sweden about their symptoms through a smartphone app survey.
- The study found 13% of 4,000 participants reported symptoms that lasted more than 28 days. Meanwhile, 4% reported symptoms for eight weeks and 2% reported symptoms for more than 12 weeks, according to USA Today.
- Study co-author Dr. Christina Astley, a physician scientist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told USA Today: “If you think about it, 1 in 20 people who have COVID-19 will have symptoms lasting eight weeks or more.”
A study from researchers at the University of Washington revealed some of the common COVID-19 symptoms for long-haulers include fatigue, which was reported by 13.6% of participants, and loss of smell and taste was also reported by 13.6%.
A separate 13% said they suffered from muscle aches, breathing troubles, cough and brain fog months after infection, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
- “Our research indicates that the health consequences of COVID-19 extend far beyond acute infection, even among those who experience mild illness,” the authors wrote in the study, according to LiveScience.
Correction: This article previously said 2% of patients reported symptoms for more than 12 days. It was actually 12 weeks.