Wednesday October 27, 2021
“Post-Covid” data analysis
These ailments increase after Corona
According to a study, certain diseases and symptoms are increasingly diagnosed in corona patients months after infection. These include numerous physical ailments – but an increase in depression has also been observed in children. The researchers work with hundreds of thousands of data sets.
According to a data analysis, corona patients are more likely to receive a diagnosis for certain physical and psychological symptoms and illnesses months after their infection. This was the result of an analysis of German health insurance data in which infected and non-infected people were compared, as announced by the Dresden University Hospital. “Not only adults, but also children and adolescents are potentially affected by post-Covid.”
The study has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) understands post-Covid-19 syndrome to mean various impairments in connection with a Covid disease that either persist or occur weeks to months after the infection.
In children and adolescents more than three months after the acute infection, malaise and rapid exhaustion, cough, pain in the throat and chest area as well as anxiety disorders and depression were most frequently found, according to the Dresden announcement.
“With regard to all symptoms and illnesses considered, the frequency of newly documented diagnoses in children and adolescents with Covid-19 was around 30 percent higher than in children without a Covid-19 diagnosis.” In adults, the diagnoses mainly concerned taste disorders, fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
In addition to the Dresden University Medicine, several statutory health insurances and the RKI were involved in the study. “This is one of the first large-scale controlled cohort studies on post-Covid internationally. The extensive database of our partners and innovative methodological procedures allow for the first time reliable statements on the long-term consequences of Covid-19 in children and adolescents,” explained Jochen Schmitt from the Dresden University Hospital. In order to understand the connections between Covid-19 and the diseases, further research is necessary.
According to the Dresden University Hospital, the analysis included data from more than 150,000 people who were found to have Covid 19 disease in the first half of 2020, including almost 12,000 children and adolescents. For each infected person, five non-infected insured persons were included in the study, who were comparable in terms of age, gender and previous illnesses. Infected and non-infected people were compared with regard to 96 predefined symptoms and diseases.