Who is at greatest risk of long-term Covid?

A The probability of developing long-lasting Covid is higher for women, concludes a study by the American pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J), published in the scientific journal Current Medical Research and Opinion,

J&J researchers reviewed several scientific papers published between December 2019 and August 2020 on Covid-19 and between January 2020 and June 2021 on Covid-19. Data from approximately 1.4 million patients were analyzed.

According to the study, symptoms are different between the sexes. While women suffer from ear, nose and throat problems, as well as mood, neurological, skin, gastrointestinal and rheumatologic disorders and fatigue, men are more likely to have diabetes and kidney complications.

The study authors believe this is due to differences in immune system function. “Women have faster and more robust innate and adaptive immune responses, which can protect them from initial infection and severe symptoms. However, this same difference can make them more vulnerable to prolonged autoimmune disease,” they explain in the article. .

Remember that the so-called long Covid happens when the symptoms of the disease are prolonged in time. Fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, muscle aches or prolonged loss of smell and taste are some of the most common symptoms.

What to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19:

Keep calm and avoid going to hospitals. Stay at home and call SNS 24 (808 24 24 24). Choose option 1 (for other symptoms you must choose option 2) or 112 if it is a medical emergency. Follow all the guidelines given and avoid being close to people, keeping a distance of at least two meters.

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