'Microbiomes' Might Influence COVID-19 Severity

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

The researchers, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, collected blood and stool samples from 100 patients with COVID-19 between February and May 2020.

The results show 63 percent of the patients are troubled by fatigue or muscle weakness, and 26 percent are encountered with sleep difficulties.

Medical experts have known for months that some COVID-19 patients could have lingering symptoms. They said anxiety or depression was reported among 23% of patients.

"Based on several patients surveyed in this study for up to 30 days after clearing SARS-CoV-2, the gut microbiota is likely to remain significantly altered after recovery from COVID-19", they said.

The coronavirus also has made a noticeable impact on patients' lung and kidney function. For example, the National Kidney Foundation determined that most coronavirus patients who developed acute kidney injury continue to have low kidney function after they're discharged. These patients also underwent physical examination, lab tests and a six-minute walking test to evaluate their endurance levels. Moreover, a follow-up study was conducted with the patients between June and September 2020.

The researchers stated that the findings from the study highlight the need for ongoing care among patients who have had severe Covid-19 infections and conducting longer follow-up studies.

Your intestinal bacteria might be altered by COVID-19, which could affect how sick you become with the disease and potentially how long it lasts, according to a new study.

The study noted that hospitalised patients who were severely ill more often had impaired lung function and abnormalities detected in chest imaging - which the scientists believe could indicate organ damage six months after symptom onset.

Other symptoms are also reported, such as hair loss (22 percent), smell disorder (11 percent), palpitations (9 percent), joint pain (9 percent), decreased appetite (8 percent) and taste disorder (7 percent). Longer follow-up studies on larger populations are required to understand the full spectrum of effects that COVID-19 can have on people, says, scientists.

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