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These 5 Factors Put You at Risk of 'Long COVID'

“The research could be used to help...preventing and treating this condition.”

Dying from coronavirus is a tragedy. Living with it can ruin a life, too—if the symptoms don't ever go away. Thousands of people report suffering from "Long COVID" and a new study from King's College London aimed to find out who, exactly, is more likely to have it. "A new analysis by researchers at King's, using data from the COVID Symptom Study app, shows that one in 20 people with COVID-19 are likely to suffer symptoms for 8 weeks or more (so-called 'long COVID'), potentially adding up to many hundreds of thousands in the UK and millions worldwide," reports the College. Read on to see what puts you at risk, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.


Your Age

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"Long COVID affects around 10% of 18-49 year olds who become unwell with COVID-19, rising to 22% of over 70s," writes the College.


Your Weight

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"Weight also plays a role, with people developing long COVID having a slightly higher average BMI than those with short COVID," writes the College.


Your Gender

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"Women were 50 percent more likely to suffer from long COVID than men (14.5% compared with 9.5%), but only in the younger age group," writes the College.

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Your Asthma

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"The researchers also found that people with asthma were more likely to develop long COVID, although there were no clear links to any other underlying health conditions," according to the college.


They Study Found Two Types of Long COVID

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"The research also provides insight into this poorly understood phenomenon and the experiences of people living with long COVID, and identifies two main symptom groupings," wrote the college. "One was dominated by respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath, as well as fatigue and headaches, and the second form was clearly multi-system, affecting many parts of the body, including the brain, gut and heart."


"Long COVID" Patients Suffered Heart Issues and Brain Fog, Among Other Symptoms

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"Long COVID sufferers more commonly reported heart symptoms such as palpitations or fast heartbeat, as well as pins and needles or numbness, and problems concentrating ('brain fog')," reports the College. "People with long COVID were also twice as likely to report that their symptoms had come back again after recovering (relapse) compared with those having short COVID (16% vs 8.4%). Insights learned so far are being used to make the COVID Symptom Study app better for studying long-COVID."

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Final Word From the Researchers


In summary: "The team found that older people, women and those with a greater number of different symptoms in the first week of their illness were more likely to develop long COVID….The research could be used to help target early interventions and research aimed at preventing and treating this condition." If you experienced any of the symptoms mentioned in this article, contact a medical professional immediately. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Alek Korab
Alek Korab is a Co-Founder and Managing Editor of the ETNT Health channel on Eat This, Not That! Read more about Alek