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Study Shows Most Long COVID Symptoms Resolve Within a Year

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According to recent research published in The BMJ and reported by NBC News, Covid symptoms such as shortness of breath, loss of taste and smell, and others tend to improve over time and may completely resolve within a year.  

The findings may bring some relief to patients who have been suffering from long-term symptoms of Covid infection. “Things will improve for the great majority of people,” says study author Maytal Bivas-Benita.  

Between the start of the pandemic and October 2021, over 2 million people sought Covid testing. Bivas-Benita and her colleagues analyzed medical data, looking for evidence of symptoms lasting more than a month in each case. Clinicians in the United States report frequently seeing new patients with extended Covid symptoms after an omicron infection, but this cohort was not included in the research.  

The individuals in this trial did not have any significant Covid symptoms. In other words, they felt ill enough to go to the doctor but not so severely that they couldn’t return home. Infection with a Covid species usually results in symptoms that last for a long time. 

We still need to find out how many people have long-term Covid three years into the outbreak. Researchers have been compelled to make informed assumptions because there is no agreed-upon definition of Covid, with results varying from 5-30% of all cases.  

There was a permanent loss of olfactory and gustatory sensations and difficulty breathing. Some also faced Problems with concentration and memory and realized that Strength and energy were depleted.  

Other symptoms, such as chest discomfort, coughing, muscular pains, and hair loss, usually improve or go away within a year. More women than males would seek medical attention for hair loss related to Covid usage. Patients are “confused and anxious,” according to Bivas-Benita, once these symptoms occur. Despite this, her study found that “just a few symptoms persisted for a year after infection.”  

The loss of her sense of smell and taste “stuck” with her for at least a year. The findings are congruent with long-term investigations on Covid undertaken by American experts. 

Dr. Ben Abramoff, head of Penn Medicine’s Post-Covid Assessment and Recovery Clinic, has stated that “many of these patients will naturally grow better over time.” “We advise our patients that sometimes the best medication is just to wait it out.” He claims that while the pains and shortness of breath may not go away completely, they will improve with time. 

Abramoff stated that determining the severity of some symptoms was difficult. Although most people feel better after a year of Covid therapy, it is evident that some pain lasts much longer. Abramoff elaborated on this concept, claiming that patients and individuals “who do not get well and continue to suffer symptoms for prolonged periods” fit into this category.


“After three, four, or even five months of treatment at our long-term Covid clinics, most of our patients still report significant issues. A year later, many of those people are still battling to recover.” 

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