Nearly Half of Covid Patients Haven’t Fully Recovered Months Later, Study Finds
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a huge increase in people who have experienced a second wave of the illness.
As the death rate from the coronavirus skyrockets, researchers have found that many survivors of the first wave of the virus have either not recovered (or have not fully recovered) and are not able to work. At the same time, researchers have also found that many of the patients who died due to coronavirus have not fully recovered either.
A study led by Dr. Jeffrey Shaman at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health found that in the first two weeks of the pandemic nearly half of all coronavirus patients had only partially recovered from the illness.
In the study, researchers reviewed the findings from over 11,000 patients with COVID-19 from multiple hospitals across China, Italy and South Korea.
The researchers found that almost half of the patients who had recovered from the coronavirus did not fully recover. Of the patients who had fully recovered, the vast majority of them were employed.
As of March 31, there were 7.9 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with more than 80,000 deaths.
“It has been well established that a person who has recovered from COVID-19 is at reduced risk for re-infection and disease course (e.g., hospitalization, etc.) after recovery — and can be largely regarded as having “cured” from the disease,” Shaman said in a press release.
Researchers found that of the patients with recovered, nearly half of those patients only partially recovered.
Half of Coronavirus Patients Only Have Partial Recovery, Study Finds
The study looked at the clinical features of coronavirus patients in the first two weeks of their illness. The data analyzed in the study came directly from the medical records of patients with COVID-19 who were hospitalized between January 29 and March 9, 2020.
Patients who had recovered from the coronavirus were deemed to have fully recovered after they had tested negative for the virus at least once.
Of the 2,731 fully recovered patients studied, nearly half of the patients had only a limited recovery after coronavirus. The remaining patients had a complete recovery from the virus.
Those patients only partially recovered included 627 patients while the