Attributes and predictors of Long-COVID
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While there may be no such thing as a "good" COVID symptom, some are definitely worse than others. One recent study found that two serious COVID symptoms, in particular, can indicate a higher chance of hospitalization among those with long-term COVID cases.

Those symptoms are ongoing FEVER and LOSS of APPETITE.

The research team behind the study used an app to gather data from over 4,100 COVID patients and found that roughly 13% of participants experienced "long-COVID," an extended illness lasting at least 28 days.

Among those protracted cases, patients who experienced five or more symptoms over the course of the first week were more likely to experience extended cases.

But even within the long-COVID group, two symptoms stood out as early predictors of complications, which ultimately led those patients disproportionately to the hospital.

"In the individuals with long duration, ongoing fever and skipped meals were strong predictors of a subsequent hospital visit," the study explains.

Though the study cautioned against generalizing based on their analysis and was quick to point out its own limitations (in particular that the study subjects were predominantly female, under the age of 70, and responsible for self-reporting their own data), this could help doctors identify serious cases of COVID sooner.

Source: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.10.19.20214494v1.full.pdf
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