Sick woman recovering

(CNN/Meredith) – Seven in 10 people hospitalized for COVID-19 have not fully recovered five months after being discharged, according to new research.

The UK study analyzed more than 1,000 people with COVID-19 who were discharged from a hospital between March and November last year.

The study found that COVID-19 survivors continued to experience mental and physical health concerns. Less than one-third of the patients said they felt fully recovered five months after being discharged from the hospital.

One in five people developed a new disability, and more than 90 percent of people had at least one persistent symptom. Majority of patients experienced an average of nine ongoing symptoms.

The study found the 10 most common lingering symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, physical slowing down, impaired sleep quality, joint pain or swelling, limb weakness, breathlessness, general pain, short-term memory loss, and slowed thinking.

Mental health was also affected, with more than a quarter of the people having clinical symptoms of anxiety or depression.

The people most likely to have persistent symptoms were middle-age white women who had a severe case of COVID-19 and who had at least two preexisting conditions that put them at greater risk of severe disease.

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