Do you have this persistent symptom? If so, according to a recent Irish study, there is a good chance that you have already had Covid-19.
In Dublin, Ireland, a doctor and his team investigated a symptom that seems to persist in many convalescents following a coronavirus infection.
Fatigue studied closely
To date, 'the medium and long-term consequences of the infection remain unexplored,' says Dr Liam Townsend, based at St James' Hospital in Dublin. Nevertheless, he and his colleagues took a close look at the issue by interviewing a panel of 128 participants, aged around 50 years.
These patients all had Covid-19, and are currently recovering. Note that of the 128 people, 71 had been hospitalised and 57 had had a ‘non-acute’ form of the disease. The results highlighted two key elements:
- A majority of patients experienced persistent fatigue during the convalescence period.
- Women represented 54% of the participants, and among them, two-thirds suffered from persistent fatigue (67%).
Finally, also note that people with a history of anxiety or depression were more likely to experience fatigue.
Our results demonstrate a significant burden of post-viral fatigue after the acute phase of the disease in people who have had a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Specifies the expert.
Dr Michael Head of the University of Southampton evoked the expression ‘Long Covid:’
We are seeing more and more evidence of 'Long Covid,’ and fatigue is one of the most frequently reported side effects.
The emerging scale of 'Long Covid' is the reason why it is important to reduce community transmission, even among younger groups of people who are not immediately seriously ill.
This study will be exhibited at the congress of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, entirely dedicated to Covid-19, which will be held online from September 23rd to the 25th.