Among people aged 65 years and older who survive COVID-19 infections, 45% experienced at least one incident healthcare condition, compared to 18.5% of their counterparts with no COVID history. This is the finding of a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These conditions included respiratory symptoms, musculoskeletal pain, and pulmonary embolism.
According to the study authors, younger COVID survivors also experienced long COVID symptoms, but at a lower rate.
These findings are consistent with those of other studies. For instance, one from Glasgow, Scotland, found that one in eight COVID patients experienced heart inflammation up to two months after hospitalization for the virus. Another study found that most COVID survivors continue to experience neurological symptoms over a year after their illness.
The authors of the CDC study said that adherence to prevention strategies, clinician awareness, and ongoing assessment after COVID-19 are “critical to reducing the incidence and impact of post-COVID conditions, particularly among adults aged 65 years and older.”
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