COVID-19 isn't only infection that causes long-term symptoms: 3 findings 

Flu and pneumonia patients also experience long-term symptoms similar to COVID-19 survivors, a study published June 14 by EpicResearch found.

Researchers compared rates of symptoms prior to infection and rate of long-term symptoms post-infection in three groups. The study population included: COVID-19 patients between Jan. 1, 2020, and July 1, 2021; non-COVID, non-influenza viral pneumonia patients between Jan. 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019; and influenza patients between Jan. 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019.

Three key findings:

  • An additional 3.7 percent of patients reported new long-term symptoms after COVID-19 and pneumonia infections.
  • An additional 1.5 percent of influenza patients reported new long-term symptoms.

  • Among hospitalized patients, an additional 5.4 percent of COVID-19 patients, 6.4 percent of influenza patients and 5.2 percent of viral pneumonia patients sought treatment for long-term symptoms following infection.

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