Almost 31% of patients said they now have a worse health-related quality of life than they did before they took COVID-19, the researchers reported.
It is not yet clear why COVID-19 is causing these lasting effects.
Many viruses are able to create what is known as “post-viral syndrome,” which experts refer to as health problems that persist long after the infection has cleared the body. These are the result of inflammation or other damage that occurs when the immune system is fighting off an infection.
However, there is evidence that at least some long-range COVID-19 symptoms are directly related to the coronavirus itself, Gut said.
“Since it has a direct effect on the nerves of our nose, we think it likely that there is an effect on the structure of the brain. We know that changes are definitely occurring in our lungs,” Gut said of COVID-19. “It has far-reaching implications that we are only just beginning to understand as we are just beginning to categorize the syndrome.”
The results were published online on February 19 in the JAMA Network Open.
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SOURCES: Jennifer Logue, BS, Research Associate, Department of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle; Kristin Englund, MD, infectious disease specialist, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; David Hirschwerk, MD, attending infectious disease physician, Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY; Thomas Gut, DO, vice chairman, medicine and director, home care services, Staten Island University Hospital, New York City; Ravindra Ganesh, MBBS, Internist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn .; JAMA Network Open, February 19, 2021, online