“It’s important we use the knowledge we have gained from the first wave in the pandemic to reduce the long-term impact of the second. This should pave the way for trials of early interventions to reduce the long-term effects,” researcher Dr. Claire Steves, a clinical academic at King’s College London, said in a statement.
Long COVID sufferers were twice as likely to have a relapse after they recovered, compared with those who had short COVID (16% versus 8%).
About 22% of adults older than 70 with COVID-19 developed COVID, compared with about 1 in 10 of those aged 18 to 49, the study found. Women were also more likely to suffer from loong COVID than men — 15% versus 10%. But that only applied to younger patients, CNN reported.
Also, those who developed COVID were slightly heavier than those with short COVID and those with asthma were more likely to develop longs COVID, but there were no clear links to other health conditions, the researchers added.