1 in 2 COVID Patients Develop Other Health Complications: Lancet

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1 in 2 COVID Patients Develop Other Health Complications: Lancet

Half the people infected with COVID-19 develop other health complications finds a study published in the medical journal, Lancet.

The study is one of the most extensive studies in the area involving over 70,000 participants from 302 hospitals in the UK, between the ages of 19 and 90.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic persists globally, an emerging challenge is the shift from acute infection to the burden of long-term consequences resulting from the disease," say researchers Xiaoying Gu and Bin Cao commenting on the study's findings.


Before we break down what the study found, here is a quick look at the key points of the study, and how it was conducted.

  • 73,197 Adult Patients from 302 UK hospitals were studied.

  • These participants were between the ages of 19 and 90. The average age of the participants being 71.1 years.

  • 44 percent of those participants were females, and 73 percent were white.

  • All the participants were hospitalised with COVID between 4 January and 4 August 2020.

  • 81 percent of the them had at least one comorbidities.

What the Study Found

The study found that 49.7 percent of the hospitalised participants developed at least one complication.

The study also said, males and those aged older than 60 years were most likely to have a complication.

23 092 of the 73,197 participants ended up succumbing to the illness.

In the patients who did survive, the most common complications noticed by the researchers were renal (of the kidneys), complex respiratory, and systemic complications.

Other than these, some patients also reported cardiovascular, neurological, and gastrointestinal issues.

The complication led to a higher risk of mortality among these patients, and also lowered their quality of life and ability to care for themselves after they were discharged.

According to the researchers involved, this study can not only hep us prepare for future waves of COVID-19, but also gauge the overall burden on the healthcare systems going forth.

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