People Who Suffered Serious Cases Of COVID-19 Are More Than
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People who suffered serious cases of COVID-19 are more than twice as likely to be hospitalized for a future illness, a study finds. Researchers looked at data from more than 10,000 patients who visited their hospital system with symptoms of the disease such as cough, fever or shortness of breath. They found that within six months of recovering, those who had battled severe bouts of coronavirus were twice as likely as other to end up hospitalized once again.

For the study, the team looked at the electronic health records of 10,646 COVID-19 patients treated at one health system. Of those patients 211 had mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 and 114 had severe COVID-19 that required hospitalization. Researchers then used health records to find future hospitalizations for people included in the study.

After 100 days from the initial hospital visit, around 30 percent of people with a severe case of COVID ended up returning to the hospital, compared to around 15 percent of those who either tested negative or had a mild COVID case. They found that those who were severely ill were twice as likely as all of the others to end up in the hospital again in the next 180 days - or approximately six months.

Analysis of the data also found that those with mild cases of the virus were not anymore likely than those who tested negative to end up in the hospital again. 'The primary implications are that people who are at risk for severe COVID-19 episodes are the ones most at risk for future complications and so we really need to get them vaccinated,' said a researcher.

Another study found that 80 percent of people hospitalized with a severe case of COVID will develop a neurological condition afterwards - and that they are six times more likely to die of said condition. Other potential resulting conditions from having the virus include developing myocarditis, heart inflammation, or a condition called 'long-haul COVID' where survivors still experiences symptoms of the virus months later.