Getting COVID-19 isn’t a quick and easy process for many.
Penn State researchers say more than half of the 236 million people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide since December 2019 will experience post-COVID symptoms, known as “long COVID,” up to six months after recovering.
During their illness, many COVID-19 sufferers experience symptoms such as tiredness, difficulty breathing, chest pain, sore joints, and loss of taste or smell.
Researchers analyzed data and found COVID-19 survivors experienced an array of residual health issues that complicated their general well-being, their mobility or organ systems.
Overall, one in two survivors experienced long-term COVID symptoms, usually from one month to more than six months after their initial illness.
Researchers say early intervention will be critical for improving the quality of life for many COVID-19 survivors, and these long-term health conditions may cause increased demand for medical care and could overwhelm the health care system.
They add their findings could help shape treatment plans to improve care for COVID-19 survivors and establish integrated evidence-based clinical management for those affected.