University of Michigan Publishes Findings on Long COVID Symptoms

Researchers from the University of Michigan found that over half of people who were infected with COVID-19 had some ‘long COVID’ symptoms.

According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan School of Public Health, 43 percent of persons infected with COVID-19 developed post-COVID symptoms based on data from 50 studies and 1.6 million people.

The World Health Organization published a clinical case description of post-COVID problems in October 2021 as mid- and long-term symptoms in people who have had COVID-19 infection, also known as ‘long COVID’.

“Long COVID is quite common overall and across geographic regions, sex and acute COVID-19 severity. Knowing this, providers should take proactive approaches such that their patients are well-supported when experiencing long-term health effects of COVID-19,” said the lead authors of the study, Chen Chen and Spencer Haupert.

According to the researchers, the shifting landscape of COVID-19 as a result of new variants could have repercussions for the incidence of protracted COVID and symptom load in the future, highlighting the Omicron variant’s lesser symptoms in vaccinated and previously infected individuals.

Bhramar Mukherjee, a senior author of the study said, “I was really surprised to see the results of this meta analysis, and in particular that fatigue and memory problems were the two most commonly reported post-COVID conditions.”

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