September 22, 2022

Most COVID-19 patients recover in a year

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

This Canadian study finds that most COVID-19 patients recover within 12 months, irrespective of severity.

Researchers surveyed 106 patients recovering from COVID-19 at 3-, 6-, and 12 months. A total of 75% had recovered at the 12-month mark, but 25% still had at least one of three common symptoms of coughing, fatigue, and breathlessness.

The researchers also found that patients with persistent symptoms had antibodies linked to autoimmune illnesses and raised levels of cytokines that cause inflammation.

The findings of the study highlight that if patients still feel unwell at 12 months and their symptoms are persistent or worse, they should see a rheumatologist who specializes in autoimmune disorders rather than a respirologist or infectious disease specialist, the authors say.

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