Nearly a quarter of COVID-19 patients developed new or long-term conditions


About 23% of COVID-19 patients have developed at least one “persistent or new” medical condition more than four weeks after their initial diagnosis, according to a new study from FAIR Health.

Why it matters: New post-COVID symptoms were discovered across different age groups. The five most common were pain, difficulty breathing, high cholesterol, malaise and fatigue, and high blood pressure, reports the New York Times.

The big picture: The study looked at insurance data from nearly 2 million COVID-19 patients from February 2020 to February 2021, making it the largest study to date of long-term symptoms, the Times notes.

Other issues patients experienced included migraines, sleep disorders, heart abnormalities, skin issues, kidney failure, blood clots, brain fog, and anxiety and depression.
While experiencing new symptoms was more common among patients who had had severe cases of the virus, many had had only mild symptoms of COVID-19 while others were asymptomatic.

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