Lingering COVID symptoms are common, new studies find; US passes 700k deaths. Latest COVID-19 updates




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  • 2021-10-02 14:50:58Z
  • By USA TODAY
 

Two studies this week added to a growing body of research that has found lingering COVID-19 symptoms to be common, especially among patients with severe cases.

Among 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 that researchers studied, 37% still had at least one symptom three to six months later, according to an Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research study published Tuesday.

"COVID-19 appears to be associated with long-term effects that are common and diverse," the study concluded.

Among he most common lingering symptoms the study found were trouble breathing, abdominal issues, fatigue, pain, and anxiety and depression.

The study also made note of cognitive symptoms, including "brain fog," a phenomenon characterized by "word finding difficulties or poor concentration." Cognitive symptoms were seen in about 8% of patients and were more common among the elderly.

The study also found evidence of long-term symptoms in people recovering from the flu, but symptoms months after infection more than twice as common with COVID-19 than they were with influenza.

Meanwhile, a study released Wednesday of 2,433 patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China found that 45% reported at least one symptom a year after they were released from the hospital. The most common symptoms included fatigue, chest tightness, sweating, anxiety and muscle pain.

Among severe cases, 54% reported at at least one symptom a year after leaving the hospital. But lingering symptoms were also common for less severe cases with 41.5% reporting at least one symptom after a year.

Also in the news:

► Alabama lawmakers on Friday approved a plan to use $400 million of COVID-19 relief funds to build new prisons with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey calling the construction plan "a major step forward" for the prison system.

► "Aladdin" on Broadway is canceling its performances through Oct. 12 as it struggles to contain a COVID outbreak among the musical's company. The show was closed for 18 months and had just reopened Tuesday.

► Hawaii authorities arrested two California tourists for submitting fake COVID test results to avoid the mandatory 10-day quarantine period required for all unvaccinated visitors to the state.

► All employees at public colleges and universities in Nevada will be required to receive COVID vaccines by Dec. 1 or face termination, the state board of regents voted.

► Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the justices were set to return to the courtroom to begin a new term, the court announced Friday.

???? Today's numbers: The U.S. has recorded more than 43.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 700,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: More than 234.2 million cases and 4.7 million deaths. More than 184.8 million Americans - 55.7% of the population - are fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

???? What we're reading: Vaccine mandates are not new to American history. From smallpox to COVID, here's what public health learned.

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