Why Covid-19’s Impact on Health Is a Long-Term Worry

1. What are the persistent ailments?

Surveys and preliminary research indicate the most commonly reported include fatigue, breathlessness, headache, insomnia, chest pain, joint pain, coughing, loss of taste and smell, intermittent fevers and skin rashes. Less frequently, hearing problems, “brain fog,” mental-health problems and hair loss have been reported, though these have yet to be confirmed by studies. Besides these general symptoms, specific organ dysfunction has been reported, involving primarily the heart, lungs, and brain — even among those whose acute infection led to no discernible symptoms. But the science is still evolving and there’s no consensus yet on a clinical definition for long, or post-acute, Covid.

It probably increases with the severity of the initial bout of Covid-19. For instance, two-thirds of patients who had mild-to-moderate Covid-19 reported at least one persistent symptom 60 days after falling ill, according to a French study that followed 150 non-critical patients from

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UW Medicine Examines The Coronavirus’s Long-Term Effects

SEATTLE, WA — The University of Washington School of Medicine is helping lead a nationwide study, aiming to learn why some COVID-19 patients experience prolonged symptoms.

One of the researchers is Kelli O’Laughlin, a UW Medicine professor and emergency room physician, who says she has seen some former COVID-19 patients later return to the hospital experiencing severe fatigue and shortness of breath.

“We want to understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 and the ongoing impact it has on people’s lives,” O’Laughlin said. “We are still trying to understand which lingering symptoms are to be expected, how long they will remain and what is causing them.”

Nikki Gentile, another UW professor, said the same trend in “long-haulers” has been also noted by primary care doctors.

“We are seeing a lot of previously healthy, active patients presenting to primary care clinics with shortness of breath, fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, diminished sense of

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Report Assesses Long-Term Care Facility Response

CONNECTICUT — The full impact of the coronavirus on nursing homes and assisted living facilities far transcended infection tallies and death tolls, according to a new report.

The final report from Mathematica Policy Research, released Wednesday, evaluates the COVID-19 preparedness and response of both the state and the long-term care industry and makes specific recommendations for handling future outbreaks. Gov. Ned Lamont ordered the independent, third-party review on June 8. An interim report was released to the public on August 15.

Key Mathematica findings include that nursing homes in communities with high levels of
COVID-19 were more likely to have severe COVID outbreaks and that the impact on Connecticut’s nursing homes was similar to the experience of neighboring states. The report also notes the adverse impact of visitation restrictions on health and well-being of nursing home residents.

The state “has already implemented or begun to implement 14 out of the

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Long-term use of acid reflux meds linked to 24% increase in diabetes: study

Long-term, regular use of medications to treat acid reflux was linked to a 24% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, says a new study.

The findings, by joint first authors Jinqiu Yuan and Qiangsheng He with The Seventh Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University in Shenzhen, China, were published Tuesday in the journal Gut.

These commonly used medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) work by “inhibiting certain stomach cells from ‘pumping’ acid into the stomach,” reports Harvard Medical School.

While PPIs are generally deemed safe for short-term use, prolonged use may introduce health concerns like bone fractures from calcium malabsorption and enteric (intestinal) infections, among other adverse effects.

Long-term use of medications to treat acid reflux was linked to a 24% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, per a new study. (iStock)

Long-term use of medications to treat acid reflux was linked to a 24% increased risk of type 2 diabetes, per a new study. (iStock)

ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS MAINTAINED BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS IN CHILDREN WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES, STUDY SAYS

PPIs were said to have

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