Nearly Half of Covid Patients Haven’t Fully Recovered Months Later, Study Finds
The new study examined data collected in Italy, Italy and Spain.
Researchers found that while the rate of recovery has continued to increase, as have people’s health and functioning during the pandemic, many people have not yet fully recovered.
We’re still in the middle of a new virus, and there are still so many unknowns about how it will behave in the body, how the body will respond and, ultimately, how long it will take for people over 65 to completely recover from COVID-19, said Robert Shulkin, M.D.
The pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 continues to spread across the globe, and a number of countries have ordered people off of school, or closed their school. Schools continue to operate remotely over-the-period of the pandemic, even though many people will still be at work.
And while there’s plenty that is known about the virus that causes Covid-19, this is the first major study to comprehensively track people’s recovery after the pandemic began.
“The big questions are, how long will it take for the vast majority of people to fully recover? And more importantly, is it safe to be released from quarantine if we know that we’ll continue to have symptoms?” said Shulkin, a professor of medicine, pharmacology and pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.
Using data collected in Italy, Italy, and Spain over a six-week period, Shulkin and his colleagues examined people’s health and functioning during the pandemic and their recovery from the virus. They took into account previous history of serious illnesses, history of treatment for other coronavirus infections, and people’s current symptoms. The team looked at people with Covid-19 and looked at the time since they tested positive.
They found that, while the rate of recovery has continued to increase, as have people’s health and functioning during the pandemic, many people have not yet fully recovered.