By Elizabeth Cooney

Since long Covid emerged, how best to define it, predict it, and treat it has been up for debate, but perhaps the most urgent question for patients and providers alike has been how long it lasts. A new study analyzing nearly 2 million patient records in Israel concludes that for most people, the troubling symptoms that persist after a mild Covid infection fade away after about a year.

Just as estimates of long Covid’s prevalence have varied widely, so have conclusions about a variety of symptoms. Covid infections reach into multiple organ systems, as does long Covid. Scientists have reported on some neuropsychiatric conditions lingering for two years, for example, but the team from the KI Research Institute wanted to paint a broader picture of long Covid’s duration.

“When we started this study there was a lot of uncertainty regarding the long-term effects of the pandemic and there was a fear that a large proportion of infected individuals will have long-lasting symptoms and emergence of new morbidities,” the study’s senior author Maytal Bivas-Benita and lead author Barak Mizrahi said in a joint email to STAT. “As we analyzed the data, we were surprised to find only a small number of symptoms that were related to Covid and remained for a year post infection and the low number of people affected by them.”

Link to full article in Stat News by Elizabeth Cooney



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