Covid-19: Almost 50% of patients have lasting health issues, cases may be underreported

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Catherine McQueen

Nearly 50% of people hospitalised with Covid-19 in the US experience lasting damage to their health, a new US study has found. The research was based on cases during the first wave of the pandemic.

However, the researchers discovered something even more troubling: more than 40% of these people were never assessed for further treatment before being discharged. 

"Rehabilitation needs were really, really common for these patients," the study's lead author, Dr Alecia Daunter, a clinical assistant professor at Michigan Medicine said in a news release. "They survived, but these people left the hospital in worse physical condition than they started. If they needed outpatient therapy or are now walking with a cane, something happened that impacted their discharge plan."

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