Hair loss and sexual dysfunction join list of long COVID symptoms
Hair loss and sexual dysfunction have joined the record of signs for folks with lengthy COVID, based on a brand new examine.
Two million folks within the UK are estimated to be suffering from long COVID, the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics reported in June, primarily based on self-reports from a consultant pattern.
Of that two million, 1.4 million mentioned they first had coronavirus, or suspected they’d the sickness, a minimum of 12 weeks beforehand, whereas 826,000 first had it a minimum of a 12 months earlier.
One other 376,000 mentioned they first had COVID-19 a minimum of two years beforehand.
Now new analysis, primarily based on the anonymised well being information of two.4 million folks within the UK, which was carried out on the College of Birmingham and is being revealed within the journal Nature Drugs, has discovered a number of new signs.
In line with the ONS, charges of lengthy COVID are highest amongst ladies, these aged 35 to 69 years, folks dwelling in additional disadvantaged areas, these working in social care, instructing and schooling or well being care, and people with different well being situations or disabilities.
Fatigue continues to be the commonest symptom – skilled by 55% of these with self-reported lengthy COVID – adopted by 32% with shortness of breath, 23% with a cough and 23% with muscle ache.
The brand new examine says different signs additionally embody:
• Bowel incontinence
• Erectile dysfunction
• Limb Swelling
The information was collected between January 2020 and April 2021 and comprised 486,149 folks with prior an infection, and 1.9 million folks with no indication of COVID-19 an infection.
Risk of long COVID lower from Omicron compared to Delta variant
The examine used solely non-hospitalised sufferers whose signs the researchers sorted into the three distinct classes of respiratory signs, psychological well being and cognitive issues alongside a broader vary.
It’s on this broader vary of signs that hair loss and sexual dysfunction have been added.
Dr Shamil Haroon, an affiliate medical professor in Public Well being on the College of Birmingham, and the senior creator on the examine, mentioned he hoped the findings would assist clinicians.
“This analysis validates what sufferers have been telling clinicians and coverage makers all through the pandemic, that the signs of lengthy COVID are extraordinarily broad and can’t be absolutely accounted for by different components corresponding to life-style danger components or continual well being situations.”
“The signs we recognized ought to assist clinicians and medical guideline builders to enhance the evaluation of sufferers with long-term results from COVID-19, and to subsequently contemplate how this symptom burden may be greatest managed,” Dr Haroon added.
Affected person companion and co-author of this examine Jennifer Camaradou mentioned: “This examine is instrumental in creating and including additional worth to understanding the complexity and pathology of lengthy COVID.
“It highlights the diploma and variety of expression of signs between totally different clusters. Sufferers with pre-existing well being situations will even welcome the extra evaluation on danger components,” Ms Camaradou added.