In the UK, approximately 38% of people who have contracted covid-19 continue to have one or more prolonged symptoms or sequelae of the disease, a condition that has been called prolonged or subacute virus. According to a study by Imperial College London, the condition also affects young and healthy people.
The information is taken from an article I published financial timesThis Thursday (July 15, 2021). here it is full in english.
According to the report, while many countries are facing a new wave of cases, driven in particular by the delta variant, scientists are concerned about the situation and “run” To find out the causes of Covid-19 disease. That’s because while vaccination reduces deaths and hospital stays, lifting restrictions could make people more susceptible to disease in the long run.
In India, for example, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the country’s Institute of Medical Sciences, estimated that 40% to 60% of patients hospitalized with coronavirus have persistent illness for up to 12 weeks. Of these, 10% to 15% experience symptoms after 3 months “Classics” Conditions such as shortness of breath, joint pain and brain fog – resulting in memory loss, fatigue, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating and expressing speech.
“Indian hospitals are conducting several studies on COVID-19, including whether specific biomarkers can predict which patients are at risk at the time of hospital discharge and whether traditional yoga can be an effective treatment.”Julia said. According to him, the Indian government is also evaluating how to treat the condition in rural areas of the country.
In the United States, a study of the non-profit organization, fair health, analyzed the private healthcare claims records of nearly 2 million patients with covid-19 and found that about 1 in 4 had at least one post-virus symptom.
Another survey, conducted on 3,700 people from 56 countries led by UCL (University College London), until the condition is manifested with a “Amazing variety”. More than 200 presentations in 10 organs of the human body have been reported by patients.
Because of this diversity, scientists say that discovering the causes of Covid-19 disease becomes more difficult. “It has become a kind of multisystemic, multifaceted disorder, which, at the moment, defies a really clear characterization (of the disease)”Toby Hellman said. The doctor became a case specialist after setting up one of the first COVID treatment centers at UCLA Hospitals..
According to him, there are many theories trying to explain the cause of COVID-19 disease. However, one promising avenue being explored is that the condition is being described as an autoimmune disease.
“Recent work done in the Empire indicates that the body is beginning to recognize its own proteins as exogenous and is turning its defenses against itself.”, He said.
Tens of thousands of Covid patients are likely to suffer silently from prolonged symptoms, says Athena Akrami, a neuroscientist at University College London.Not sure if their symptoms were related to covid-19. It requests that a national program capable of this be established Track, diagnose and treat all persons suspected of having prolonged illness.
to me financial timesThe US National Institutes of Health and the British National Institute for Health Research will soon announce new contracts for research into this disease.
In London, Danny Altman, professor of immunology at Imperial College London, said his lab is working to discover autoantibodies, that is, antibodies that aim to attack the body’s cells and tissues associated with the long virus. According to Altmann, they can be used to diagnose the condition.
Some scientists fear the condition will turn into polio for this generation. The infectious disease caused many problems for survivors and was a danger to the world for decades, before its vaccine was made.
Doctor Toby Hellman says that compared to polio, the tall virus is much smaller. However, the impact on society will be just as profound. According to him, the degree of disability experienced by people with this condition can be compared to some of the disabilities that appear in people with polio.
“We’re talking about young people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. And those are the people who have families, who are teachers, who are bus drivers. Many of them are actually struggling to get back to work full-time or, in some cases, just struggling to get a job. And that’s after 6 or 9 months”The doctor said.