The coronavirus is still there and, in addition, it leaves traces once the disease is defeated. And that is that one in eight adults (12.7%) infected with SARS-CoV-2 have long-term symptoms. This is suggested by a large Dutch study published yesterday in the journal The Lancet, which provides one of the first comparisons of persistent symptoms after infection with symptoms in an uninfected population, as well as the measurement of these parameters in individuals before and after testing positive for COVID-19.
The inclusion of uninfected populations allows for more accurate prediction of long-term disease symptom prevalence, as well as better identification of key long-term COVID symptoms.
“There is an urgent need for data that shed light on the magnitude and extent of long-term symptoms experienced by some patients following COVID-19 disease,” said lead author Professor Judith Rosmalen of the University of Groningen.
“However, most previous research on prolonged COVID has not looked at the frequency of these symptoms in people who have not been diagnosed with coronavirus or looked at individual patient symptoms before testing positive” , he added.
Meanwhile, the disease continues its evolution in the world and, specifically in Spain, the Ministry of Health recorded yesterday, with the data provided by the communities, 20,188 new positive coronaviruses, of which 11,564 were identified in people over the age of 60, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 2,891,714 since the start of the pandemic.
Regarding the current average incidence of infections in the past 14 days among people over the age of 60, the report shows a drop of more than 80 points, standing at 395.83 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, against 475.95 notified last Tuesday by the department headed by Caroline Darias. Over the past two weeks, a total of 48,758 positives have been recorded in this age group.
As for those who have died from COVID-19, another 381 have been registered, which means that the global death toll from coronavirus in Spain stands at 111,094 people.
Currently, there are 6,697 patients admitted with the disease nationwide and 393 in an intensive care unit. In addition, the occupancy rate of the beds occupied by the coronavirus amounts to 5.70%.