Many American Adults Hospitalized COVID-19 Six months after being discharged from hospital, they experienced lingering symptoms, physical limitations, and financial problems, according to a new study.
of studyFunded in part by the National Institutes of Health and published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, more than 7 in 10 participants had heart or lung problems, such as coughing, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and shortness of breath. I’ve reported an issue that affects you. More than half of survivors reported fatigue after six months.
In particular, the incidence of heart and lung problems and fatigue increases from 1 to 6 months after hospital discharge, highlighting that new symptoms may appear even after the initial COVID-19 illness is over. doing.
“Patients in my office often want to know how quickly they can return to normal health,” said study author Andrew Admon, a pulmonologist at Lt. Col. Charles S. Kettles VA Medical Center. said. statement“Based on these data, it appears that many people hospitalized with COVID-19 should expect their symptoms to last up to six months or longer.”
The study found that the incidence of reported financial problems and physical limitations decreased from 1 to 6 months after admission, but remained high. More than 56% of his study participants reported financial problems six months later, and 47% reported limitations in their daily lives.
The financial problems survey participants reported were severe, with nearly 35% reporting having used up all or most of their savings by six months, and 20% saying they were unable to pay for essentials. More than 16% said they were contacted by a collection agency as a result of their COVID-19 hospitalization. Economic problems were reported more frequently among minority groups.
“Together, these results indicate that many survivors of COVID-19 infection continue to experience symptoms for at least 6 months after hospitalization, have limited recovery under current It suggests that there may be disparities in some issues,” the researchers wrote. the study.