Lingering COVID symptoms are common, new studies find; US passes 700k deaths. Latest COVID-19 updates

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Two studies this week added to a growing body of research that has found lingering COVID-19 symptoms to be common, especially among patients with severe cases.

Among 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19 that researchers studied, 37% still had at least one symptom three to six months later, according to an Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research study published Tuesday.

"COVID-19 appears to be associated with long-term effects that are common and diverse," the study concluded.

Among the most common lingering symptoms the study found were trouble breathing, abdominal issues, fatigue, pain, and anxiety and depression.

The study also made note of cognitive symptoms, including "brain fog," a phenomenon characterized by "word finding difficulties or poor concentration." Cognitive symptoms were seen in about 8% of patients and were more common among the elderly.

The study also found evidence of long-term symptoms in people recovering from the flu, but symptoms months after infection were more than twice as common with COVID-19 than they were with influenza.

Meanwhile, a study released Wednesday of 2,433 patients who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, found that 45% reported at least one symptom a year after they were released from the hospital. The most common symptoms included fatigue, chest tightness, sweating, anxiety and muscle pain.

Among severe cases, 54% reported at at least one symptom a year after leaving the hospital. But lingering symptoms were also common for less severe cases with 41.5% reporting at least one symptom after a year.

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