Post-discharge persistent symptoms and health-related quality of life after hospitalization for COVID-19

    December 2020 in “Journal of Infection
    Eve Garrigues, Paul Janvier, Yousra Kherabi, Audrey Le Bot, Antoine Hamon, Hélène Gouze, Lucile Doucet, Sabryne Berkani, Emma Oliosi, Elise Mallart, Félix Corre, Virginie Zarrouk, Jean Denis Moyer, Adrien Galy, Vasco Honsel, Bruno Fantin, Yann Nguyen
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    TLDR Many COVID-19 survivors experience long-term symptoms but still report satisfactory quality of life and return to work.
    The study evaluated 120 patients previously hospitalized for COVID-19 and found that after an average of 110.9 days post-admission, a significant number experienced persistent symptoms such as fatigue (55%), dyspnoea (42%), memory loss (34%), and sleep disorders (30.8%), with 20% reporting hair loss, mainly among women. There were no significant differences in symptoms between those treated in the hospital ward and those in the ICU, nor in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) as measured by the EQ-5D-5L questionnaire. Despite the limitations of a small sample size, single-center design, and a high rate of unreachable patients, the study concluded that many patients suffer long-term effects but maintain a relatively satisfactory HRQOL, with most returning to work, indicating the necessity for long-term follow-up and rehabilitation for COVID-19 survivors.
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