Warning to anyone who had Covid about ‘more SEVERE’ symptoms months after infection

ONE in eight adults who were infected during the pandemic suffer from long Covid symptoms, new research has revealed.

The new data shows several “core” symptoms of those suffering from long Covid were new or even more severe three to five months after infection.

The data suggests 1 in 8 adults who were infected by Covid still had symptoms months later

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The data suggests 1 in 8 adults who were infected by Covid still had symptoms months laterCredit: Getty
The severity of the symptoms plateaued at three months since infection

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The severity of the symptoms plateaued at three months since infectionCredit: Getty

Researchers from Netherlands surveyed more than 76,000 participants twenty four times between March 2020 and August 2021 on the 23 known symptoms of long Covid.

During the study, that pre-dates the vaccine rollout, 4,321 participants taking part had tested positive for Covid-19 caused by Alpha or earlier variants.

They were matched by age and sex with a control group of 8,462 participants.

The Covid vaccination was found to reduce the risk of long Covid, whilst the Omicron variant appeared less likely than the Delta one to cause long Covid.

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The symptoms of those impacted by long Covid months after infection include chest pain, difficulties breathing, pain when breathing, painful muscles, loss of taste and/or smell, tingling hands/feet, a lump in throat, alternately feeling hot and cold, heavy arms and/or legs and general tiredness.

The severity of the symptoms plateaued at three months since infection and did not decline any further.

The data was published in medical peer-reviewed journal, the Lancet.

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The lead author of the paper Professor Judith Rosmalen from the University of Groningen warned there is a ‘urgent need’ for more data to inform the scale and scope of those suffering from long-term symptoms.

She said: “Most previous research into long Covid has not looked at the frequency of these symptoms in people who haven’t been diagnosed with Covid-19 or looked at individual patients’ symptoms before the diagnosis of Covid-19.”

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