Most of the symptoms of COVID-19 disappear in hospitalized patients within 12 months. However, a new study in the journal The Lancet showed that about half of those infected with the coronavirus, after a year, suffer from at least one symptom of the disease.
Although most of the symptoms disappeared after a year, about half of the survivors still suffered from at least one persistent symptom (most often fatigue or muscle weakness), and one in three patients complained of shortness of breath and other pulmonary problems.
Overall, the health status of survivors at 12 months was lower than that of people without COVID-19.
The authors of the work emphasize that more research is needed on the long-term effects of COVID-19, especially among people who are admitted to intensive care. They are more likely to still experience health problems after 12 months. Although most people recover within a year, many still have ongoing health problems and health systems must provide long-term support to patients.