As experts work to understand the depth and duration of “Long COVID,” a recent study by a team of researchers at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson added an element to the conversation: Even those with mild or moderate cases can be impacted.
The study of 173 individuals who participated in this study, 91 of whom had been hospitalized, found that 23% of patients still experience persistent symptoms two years after infection with COVID-19, researcher Christopher Millet said.
“Our study is the first to show that even patients with only mild COVID-19 infections can still have persistent symptoms after two years,” he said. “The only other two-year study to date included patients who were hospitalized with moderate to severe COVID infections. Our study included both hospitalized and individuals with mild COVID-19 infections.”
Symptoms of Long COVID include shortness of breath, fatigue, anxiety, difficulty focusing/brain fog and memory loss.
The study found:
- At 12 months, 50.8% of the patients experienced at least one persistent symptom;
- At 24 months, 23.1% of the patients were still experiencing at least one persistent symptom.
The study also found that women suffered more persistent long-term symptoms compared to men.
Of the 173 individuals who participated in this study, the most common ethnicity was Hispanic.