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HomeHealth & FitnessOne-in-three adults develop new conditions and problems after COVID infection, claims study

One-in-three adults develop new conditions and problems after COVID infection, claims study

A recent study has found that almost a third (32 of every 100) of older adults infected with COVID-19 in 2020 developed at least one new condition that required medical attention in the months after initial infection, 11 more than those who did not have COVID-19. The study was published in ‘The BMJ’. Conditions involved a range of major organs and systems, including the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver as well as mental health complications. 

Studies examining the frequency and severity of new conditions (sequelae) after COVID-19 infection have started to emerge, but few have described the excess risk of new conditions triggered by COVID-19 infection in older adults (aged at least 65). To address this, US researchers used health insurance plan records to identify 133,366 individuals aged 65 or older in 2020 who were diagnosed with COVID-19 before 1 April 2020. 

These individuals were matched to three (non-covid) comparison groups from 2020, 2019, and a group diagnosed with viral lower respiratory tract illness. The researchers then recorded any persistent or new conditions starting 21 days after a COVID-19 diagnosis (the post-acute period) and calculated the excess risk for conditions triggered by COVID-19 over several months based on age, race, sex, and whether patients were admitted to hospital for COVID-19.

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