A new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal JAMA reveals that; women are twice as likely as men to experience the long-term symptoms of Covid-19. Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington; US have estimated that globally 63 percent of those with long Covid during the first two years of the pandemic were female. IHME also found that the risk of developing long COVID increased dramatically for women; who were hospitalized with the virus compared to men who also faced hospitalization.
The study found that the risk of developing long COVID increased dramatically for women.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines long COVID as symptoms; that are present three months after becoming infected with COVID-19 with a minimum duration of two months. The study also found that the risk of developing long COVID increased dramatically for women. Those who were hospitalised with the SARS-CoV-2 virus compared to men who also faced hospitalisation. Since SARS-CoV-2 first began to spread around the globe in 2020; three long COVID symptom clusters have prevented otherwise healthy people from fully recovering. Keeping them from returning to work or school and even forcing them to seek further medical attention or other rehabilitative services. Theo Vos, Professor of Health Metrics at IHME and the research paper’s senior author said.
The team estimates that in 2020 and 2021, around 51 per cent of long COVID patients complained of persistent fatigue; with bodily pain or mood swings, 60 per cent reported that they suffered from respiratory issues; and 35 per cent reported cognitive problems. The researchers also found that In 38 per cent of Long Covid cases, two or all three of the symptom clusters overlapped.