New York: Many studies have previously shown that in the first months after their Covid-19 hospital, patients face a high risk of ongoing health problems, trips back to the hospital and even death, but now researchers have found that the first week and a half can be especially dangerous. .
Covid-19 patients had a 40% to 60% higher risk of ending up back in the hospital or dying in the first 10 days, compared with similar patients treated in the same hospitals during the same months due to heart failure or pneumonia.
At the end of 60 days, the overall risk of readmission or death of Covid-19 patients was lower than that for the other two serious conditions, the findings, published in the journal JAMA, reported.
Despite this, in the first two months, nine percent of the Covid-19 patients who survived hospitalization died, and nearly 20 percent suffered a failure that sent them back to the hospital.
That exceeds the 18.5 percent who died during their hospitalization.
“Comparing the long-term outcomes of Covid-19 patients with those of other seriously ill patients, we see a pattern of even greater than usual risk right in the first one to two weeks, which can be a risky period for anyone,” said the study author at the University of Michigan in the United States.
The most common reasons listed for rehospitalization were Covid-19, cited in 30 percent of patients, and sepsis seen in 8.5 percent. More than 22 percent of the readmitted veterans went to the intensive care unit.
“Unfortunately, this is even more proof that Covid-19 is not” one and finished. “For many patients, Covid-19 seems to trigger falls from problems as serious as those we see in other diseases,” the team wrote.
The research team hopes to continue to study new data from Veterans Affairs (VA) and non-VA hospitals as it becomes available and compare Covid-19 post-hospital outcomes with those for other serious conditions.
“Comparisons with patients hospitalized for influenza and other viral diseases would be important to study, given the widespread false claims that Covid-19 is just a tiny disease,” they noted.