Apparently almost a third of recovered Covid patients could end up back in hospital within five months and one in eight will die of related conditions, alarming new figures have shown.
Research by the University of Leicester and the Office for National Statistics has found there was a devastating long-term toll on survivors of severe coronavirus, with many developing heart problems, diabetes and chronic liver and kidney conditions.
Out of 47,780 people who were discharged from hospital in the first wave, 29.4 per cent were readmitted to hospital within 140 days, and 12.3 per cent of the total died. The current cut-off point for recording Covid deaths is 28 days after a positive test, so it may mean thousands more people should be included in the coronavirus death statistics.
Kamlesh Khunti, the study author and professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at the university, said: “People seem to be going home, getting long-term effects, coming back in and dying. We see nearly 30 per cent who are readmitted, and that’s a lot of people. The numbers are so large The message here is we really need to prepare for long Covid. It’s a mammoth task to follow up these patients and the NHS is really pushed at the moment, but some sort of monitoring needs to be arranged. “
Wondering if anybody has personal experience or among family and friends of the long term effects?
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