World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 02 Apr, 2021 01:00 am

New studies show COVID-19 leads to significant organ damage and the death of many survivors

New studies show COVID-19 leads to significant organ damage and the death of many survivors
The UK study builds on previous research on outcomes for patients taken into hospital with COVID-19 but based on tens of thousands of cases is able to draw conclusions about the extent of dysfunction in organs of those affected.

It is already known that approximately one-third will develop symptoms that typify what has been come to be known as Long COVID or “long-haulers”.” The phenomenon of Long Covid is still being analysed by scientists, with the BMJ study noting that “Long covid, or post-covid syndrome, is not one condition, and is defined by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as ‘signs and symptoms that develop during or after an infection consistent with covid-19 which continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis.’” While Long Covid is still being investigated, it was known almost from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as thousands died, that this was a disease that once present in lungs and blood could spread to other organs, often resulting in fatalities.1 million people in Britain (from a population of around 66 million) were suffering with Long Covid symptoms in the four weeks from February 6.

The ONS found that one in five people had Long Covid symptoms five weeks after an initial infection and one in seven after 12 weeks.The sample led to an estimation that of those with Long Covid symptoms, 674,000 reported infection in the previous three months.

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