Why Are Women More Likely To Suffer From Long Covid According To Studies

Over the last twelve months, doctors and scientists have noted the symptoms associated with Covid-19 in order to help people identify the virus and isolate if they think they have it. While people were split into high and lower risk groups based on their age, health status and proximity to vulnerable people, it’s only just becoming completely clear what the longer-term effects of Covid-19 are. Studies have highlighted that women are much more likely to suffer from long Covid. Long Covid has been defined as “not recovering [for] several weeks or months following the start of symptoms that were suggestive of Covid-19, whether you were tested or not” and research has suggested it could have something to do with the way bodies fight off the virus. Early research into people’s experience of Covid-19 found that between one in five and one in ten people had symptoms for up to a month before recovering. However, for some people who contacted Covid-19 in 2020, they’re still feeling the effects. 55 long-term effects of Covid-19 have been identified and just like the virus, people experience long Covid differently. However, the most common symptoms are breathlessness, headaches, a cough, fatigue, cognitive impairment or ‘brain fog’, muscle pain and anxiety. Others noted that they were still battling with organ damage, months after testing positive for Covid-19. A study led by University of Leicester looked into the physical, cognitive and mental health impacts of Covid-19 after people had been hospitalized. Researchers found that seven in ten patients who were admitted with Covid-19 to the hospital reported being impacted by long Covid for months afterward and symptoms impacted women between the ages of 40 and 60 the most. After being hospitalized over a quarter of people who participated in the study said they’d experienced anxiety and depression and 12% had symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Speaking about the research Rachael Evans, a clinical scientist at the University of Leicester said, “the symptoms are very real, but they don’t have a straightforward relationship with heart and lung damage, or certain heart and lung damage can’t explain all the symptoms.”This isn’t the first study to detail people’s experiences of long Covid and to highlight that women are more likely to suffer for longer. A study led by the University of Glasgow concluded that women who were under 50 are seven times more likely to be breathless and twice as likely to report fatigue than men, seven months after seeking medical assistance for Covid-19.“Our research shows that survivors of Covid-19 experienced long-term symptoms, including a new disability, increased breathlessness, and a reduced quality of life,” Dr. Janet Scott, the study’s lead author from the University of Glasgow-MRC Centre for Virus Research, told the BBC, “These findings were present even in young, previously healthy adults under 50, and were most common in younger females.

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