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Prolonged COVID-19 causes erectile dysfunction and hair loss among other symptoms

According to new research, hair loss and erectile dysfunction have been added to the list of symptoms of Kovid-19 for a long time.

The study found that while the most common symptoms are loss of smell, shortness of breath, and chest pain, others include amnesia, erectile dysfunction, hallucinations, inability to carry out normal movements or commands, bowel incontinence and extremities. includes inflammation.

Symptom patterns are grouped into respiratory symptoms, mental and cognitive problems, and then into a wide range of symptoms.

In addition to detecting a broader set of symptoms, the researchers also identified key groups and behaviors that put people at higher risk of developing COVID-19 over a long period of time.

As reported last month, according to the ONS (Office for National Statistics), a record 2 million people in the UK are estimated to be suffering from Covid-19 for a long time.

About 3.1 percent of the British population suffers from symptoms that persist for more than four weeks after contracting COVID-19. Some 376,000 people who first contracted COVID-19 around the start of the pandemic have reported symptoms lasting at least two years.

The study suggests that women, young people and people who belong to a black or mixed-race ethnic group have a higher risk of developing COVID-19 over a longer period of time.

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In addition, people from poor backgrounds, smokers, and people who are overweight or obese, as well as those with a wide range of diseases, are more likely to report persistent symptoms.

Lead author Dr Shamil Aaron is Associate Clinical Professor of Public Health at the University of Birmingham.

He said: “This research confirms what patients have been telling doctors and policy makers throughout the pandemic: that long-term symptoms of Covid-19 are extremely widespread and may be exacerbated by other factors, such as risk factors. Cannot be fully explained. Lifestyle risks or chronic health conditions.

“The symptoms we identified should help clinicians and clinical guideline developers better assess patients with long-term effects of COVID-19, and further consider how to better manage this symptom burden. How can it be managed?”

According to the study, people who tested positive for the virus had 62 symptoms more often 12 weeks after the initial infection, compared to those who had not contracted the virus.

The NHS list of common COVID-19 symptoms includes fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness and “confusion”.

Researchers from the University of Birmingham, along with a team of doctors and researchers from across England, analyzed the anonymous electronic health records of 2.4 million people in the UK.

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The data obtained between January 2020 and April 2021 included records of 486,149 people with previous infections, and 1.9 million people with no evidence of coronavirus infection after matching other clinical diagnoses.

Using data from patients who were not hospitalized, the research team was able to identify three distinct categories of symptoms.

Anuradha Subramaniam, a researcher at the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Health Research and the paper’s lead author, said: “Our analyzes of risk factor data are of particular interest because they help us consider how long-term the risk of Covid-19.” What could be the causes or contributions.”

He added: “For example, women are more prone to autoimmune diseases. Given the increased likelihood of women in our study having a longer COVID, we are interested in investigating whether autoimmunity or other causes may explain the increased risk in women.”

“These observations will help focus factors to investigate what may be causing these persistent symptoms after infection and how we can help patients who experience them.”

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