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Many post-COVID patients are experiencing new medical problems, study finds

The most common were pain, breathing difficulties, high cholesterol, malaise and fatigue, and high blood pressure


Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune/TNS

Sandra Wilson-Muriel, 54, arrives for her appointment at Northwestern Hospital Lavin Pavilion in Chicago, May 20, 2021. Muriel is a COVID long-hauler.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sought medical care for post-COVID health problems that they had not been diagnosed with before becoming infected with the coronavirus, according to the largest study to date of long-term symptoms in COVID-19 patients.

The study, tracking the health insurance records of nearly 2 million people in the United States who contracted the coronavirus last year, found that one month or more after their infection, almost one-quarter - 23% - of them sought medical treatment for new conditions.

Those affected were all ages, including children. Their most common new health problems were pain, including in nerves and muscles; breathing difficulties; high cholesterol; malaise and fatigue; and high blood pressure. Other issues included intestinal symptoms; migraines; skin problems; heart abnormalities; sleep disorders; and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.


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