More than half of Covid-19 patients have lasting fatigue, research suggests

Authors: Erika Edwards

Covid-19 can leave many people with potentially debilitating fatigue months after they’ve recovered from the illness, research released Thursday found.

The long-term lethargy was reported in patients with symptoms from mild to severe.

“Fatigue is a common symptom in those presenting with symptomatic Covid-19 infection,” Dr. Liam Townsend, an infectious disease doctor at St. James’s Hospital and Trinity Translational Medicine Institute in Dublin, Ireland, said in a statement.

While Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, vomiting and diarrhea, have been well publicized, Townsend said, “the medium- and long-term consequences of infection remain unexplored.”

The research, which will be presented at a virtual meeting of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, is based on 128 former Covid-19 patients. It has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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