Alarming figures have shown that almost one third of recovered coronavirus patients will be re-admitted to hospital within five months. With one in eight losing their fight for life.
Almost a third of COVID19 patients back in hospital after five months: The long term effects of severe coronavirus has been discovered in research by Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Which found that many people who have had severe symptoms can develop heart problems, chronic liver and kidney conditions and diabetes. Statistics show that out of the 47,780 people discharged from hospital during the first wave 29.4% had been re-admitted within 140 days with 12.3% of them dying.
The current recording of coronavirus deaths is only up to 28 days of being tested positive. Which means that many more thousands of people should be included in the reports. Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at Leicester University, said. “This is the largest study of people discharged from hospital after being admitted with Covid.”
“People seem to be going home, getting long-term effects, coming back in and dying. We see nearly 30 per cent have been readmitted, and that’s a lot of people. The numbers are so large. The message here is we really need to prepare for long-term COVID. It’s a mammoth task to follow up with these patients. And the NHS is really pushed at the moment, but some sort of monitoring needs to be arranged.”
Professor Khunti said that, surprisingly, many people who were re-admitted had a new diagnosis. With them developing heart, kidney and liver problems, as well as diabetes.
He went on to say “We don’t know if it’s because Covid destroyed the beta cells which make insulin and you get Type 1 diabetes, or whether it causes insulin resistance, and you develop Type 2, but we are seeing these surprising new diagnoses of diabetes. We’ve seen studies where survivors have had MRS scans and they’ve cardiac problems and liver problems.
These people urgently require follow up and the need to be on things like aspirin and statins.” Some patients say they have been left needing a wheelchair since contracting the virus, while others claim they can no longer walk up the stairs without experiencing chest pain.
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