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Covid-19: Symptoms are common after acute phase of disease, Italian study shows

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2804 (Published 10 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2804

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  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

Almost nine out of 10 patients discharged from a Rome hospital after recovery from covid-19 were still experiencing at least one symptom two months later, a study shows.

Fatigue and shortness of breath were the most common symptoms reported in the study of 143 patients.1 More than half of patients were still experiencing three or more symptoms.

The research, published as a letter in JAMA, is further evidence of a “long tail” of covid-19 related illness. On 5 July health and social care secretary Matt Hancock announced the …

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