As of now, we’ve written about 40 articles on COVID-19. Therefore, today, we address an important topic that has been under-reported. The after-effects of COVID-19. Indeed, each day, we learn more about the extent of lingering conditions after a person recovers from COVID-19
The Latest Research on the After-Effects of COVID-19
Recently, insurer Cigna conducted a study on this topic. And it found that after-effects are more prevalent than originally thought by healthcare professionals.
Recovery from COVID-19 isn’t the same for all patients. Therefore, research continues to show the virus can have a long-term impact for many. A new study interviewing Cigna medical plan customers found that more than half hospitalized for COVID-19 had lingering symptoms up to two months later. Among those with lingering symptoms, one in seven had not yet returned to work. With fatigue and shortness of breath among the most common challenges.
“COVID-19 is a novel virus we are only beginning to understand. By leveraging COVID-19 predictive analytics, we can look ahead. And thereby guide clients and customers to better health outcomes,” said Saif Rathore, MD Ph.D.. He is Cigna Head of Data and Analytics Innovation. “COVID-19 is not simply a serious respiratory virus. And this study emphasizes the material change in health experienced by those who are hospitalized. We are committed to continue understanding how COVID-19 impacts customers after the infection runs its course.”
Cigna nurse managers conducted in-depth interviews with 172 customers hospitalized for COVID-19. And identified multiple, lingering complications. Common challenges included fatigue, shortness of breath, and persistent loss of taste and smell. In addition, COVID-19 patients experienced less common side effects: Hair loss. Neuropathy. And balance and coordination.
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