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Long COVID: Health worker reveals the unspoken long-term COVID complications

A Health Worker in England has revealed some of the long-term complications that COVID-19 might have on recovered patients.

In a Twitter thread, the NHS worker revealed how dozens were getting readmitted back to hospitals over what she called ‘Long COVID.’

A patient re-admitted five times

She gave the story of one COVID patient admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 but did not go to ICU.

They had some underlying conditions but were generally stable. However, since recovery, the patient has been readmitted to the hospital five times. They showed ongoing ‘significant respiratory issues’ and remained extremely fatigued.

Since the discovery of COVID-19 vaccines last year, many have relaxed their guards, a move that saw infections soar from mid-December through to January.

“There will be 10,000s in this situation,” the nurse (@deficit_the) said, “COVID-19 might have a ‘high’ recovery rate – but it will be having an impact long after it has come under control.”

Study finds more damning news

The nurse’s comments come just a few weeks after The Guardian ran an article that showed that about one-third of recovered COVID-19 patients were readmitted within five months. Furthermore, about one in eight died post-recovery, pointing to the disease’s unspoken severity beyond deaths and recoveries.

The research found that of 47,780 people with COVID-19 during the study period, 29.4% would later be readmitted, while 12.3 % of them died after discharge. However, the research is yet to be peer-reviewed, which would stamp it as authoritative in the survey.

The hidden higher mortality rate

The current rate of deaths for COVID-19 is 2.3 per cent. However, this percentage takes into account those who die in the duration of the illness. With evidence of long-term effects from the virus, the mortality rate from complications from COVID-19 will be higher.

Furthermore, new variants have emerged from various parts of the world, making the fight against the virus far from over. This is despite reduced infections worldwide over the past few weeks.

The UK and South African variants are the most common, having spread widely, but many new variants are emerging.

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