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UK launches long-term health effects study of Covid-19

Scientists in the UK will study the long-term effects of Covid-19 in a scientific study starting this month.

The Department of Health has announced that up to 10,000 people will be involved in a study to see how people who contract the coronavirus do it in the long run.

More and more evidence suggests that even people who only get mildly ill can suffer long-term health effects, including lung damage.

The UK’s Emergency Scientific Advisory Group (SAGE) has warned that Covid-19 patients can be left with “extreme fatigue and shortness of breath” for several months.

The study, led by researchers and doctors in Leicester, will look at how people’s mental health is affected by disease and whether factors such as sex or ethnicity affect how well a person recovers from Covid-19.

Patients in the study, who will receive £ 8.4 million in funding, will receive medical scans, blood tests and lung samples so that experts can see how they are affected.

A study is underway in the UK to look at the long-term effects of Covid-19 on people recovering from the disease (Pictured: a doctor at the temporary NHS Seacole Center)

A study is underway in the UK to look at the long-term effects of Covid-19 on people recovering from the disease (Pictured: a doctor at the temporary NHS Seacole Center)

The study will begin recruiting people from late July and will choose hospital patients, with an emphasis on ‘underrepresented’ groups, the Ministry of Health said.

Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said, “In addition to the direct health effects of the virus, it is also important to look at the long-term health effects, which can be significant.

“We have rightly focused on mortality and what the UK can do right away to protect lives, but we should also look at the impact of Covid-19 on people’s health after they recover from the immediate illness.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock added: “As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact it can have, not only on immediate health, but also its longer-term physical and mental health. health.

“This industry-leading research is a fantastic contribution from the UK’s leading life sciences and research sector in the UK.

“It will also ensure that future treatments can be tailored to the person as much as possible.”

There is growing evidence that patients diagnosed with even mild Covid-19 may have long-term health problems long after recovery from their original disease.

One is long-term potential lung damage, which can leave survivors with reduced lung capacity.

Other research has suggested that people can develop heart problems due to a Covid-19 infection.

A small study in Wuhan found that 16 of the 36 intensive care patients had developed an irregular heartbeat called arrhythmia, which can weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood.

Coronavirus can also cause blood clots, scientists say, which can increase your risk of stroke or heart attack.

“Covid-19 can affect the cardiovascular system through multiple pathways,” said Dr. Mohammad Madjid, a cardiologist at the University of Texas, at the Daily Mail’s Good Health Department.

“The virus can directly affect the heart muscle, which may not work as strongly as it should, making the heart rhythm irregular.”

The investigation has been given an urgent public health status by the Ministry of Health.

It is organized by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

UKRI CEO Professor Ottoline Leyser said: ‘We have a lot to learn about the long-term health effects of Covid-19 and its management in the hospital, including the effects of debilitating lung and heart disease, fatigue, trauma and the mental health and well-being of patients.

UKRI is partnering with the NIHR to fund one of the world’s largest studies to monitor the long-term effects of the virus after hospital treatment, recognizing that for many people survival can only be the beginning of a long road to recovery.

“This study will support the development of better care and rehabilitation and, we hope, improve the lives of survivors.”