A new report suggests that the average person with COVID-19 did not initially have a severe infection. The study, an examination of private insurance claims, found that three-quarters of long-diagnosed COVID-19 patients were not hospitalized due to the coronavirus. In addition, the researchers found that patients were more likely to be diagnosed with symptoms such as fatigue and difficulty breathing.
else October, long covid is classified in the latest edition of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), a code book used by doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies for diagnostic and billing purposes. This code, officially known as “U09.9 Post covid-19 condition, unspecified,” allowed patients to be officially recognized as having COVID-19. But it also provided another way for researchers to study these patients on a larger scale.
This is amazing Report, Conducted by FAIR Health, a nonprofit that describes itself as having the nation’s largest database of privately issued health insurance claims, it is one of the first researches to do so.
Using their database, the authors identified nearly 80,000 patients diagnosed with post-coronavirus symptoms in the four months since the ICD code was applied, through January 2022. They found that most patients (75.8%) were never hospitalized because of their original condition. covid-19.
Robin Gilbord, president of FAIR Health, said in a statement new version. “We hope that these findings will be useful to all individuals diagnosed with post-viral conditions, as well as for providers, payers, policy makers, and researchers.”
Other research has continuously I’ve found that the more severe the initial infection, the more likely you are to experience long-term complications and early death. But studies have also appears That even people with mild to moderate cases are at risk of developing a variety of health problems afterward, to a greater extent than people with other respiratory infections. Most people who contract covid-19 do not end up in the hospital. So while the individual risk of developing prolonged symptoms may be lower for people with milder COVID-19 disease, there are much more people in this group of severe disease survivors.
Other findings of the report may provide additional insight into the long virus. The most representative age group of patients (34.6%) was between 36 and 50 years of age, for example, but this may be because older Americans are typically covered by public health care plans. Women were more likely to be diagnosed than men and were more likely not to have been hospitalized in the first place. The three most common conditions diagnosed at the same time were “breathing disturbances” (23.2%), cough (18.9%), and malaise/tiredness (16.7%). And while many patients had pre-existing health conditions, 30% had never been diagnosed with any chronic disease long before the outbreak.
The report is a technical document, which means it has not undergone formal peer review, and is an important part of validating any scientific research. Therefore the results should be taken with more caution than usual. No single study, even peer-reviewed, should be the last word on anything. But the large amount of available data lends credibility to the results, and it is likely that other researchers will be able to use the ICD-10 data for similar studies in the future.
For their part, the authors plan to analyze their data further, to track the long-term outcomes of these patients and to examine whether vaccination reduces the risk of contracting the virus for a long time, like others. Research Suggest that it can.