17 million people in Europe with symptoms




A Long Covid patient takes a lung function test in the Center for Pneumology at the Hufeland Clinic in Bad Ems.
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The likelihood of contracting Long Covid is twice as high in women as in men, the WHO said. In addition, the long-Covid risk increases drastically after a severe corona infection.

Geestimated at least 17 million people in Europe were one for the World Health Organization (WHO) affected by long-Covid symptoms in the first two years of the pandemic, according to the analysis carried out. For the model calculation, the University of Washington had evaluated cases in the 53 European member states, as the Copenhagen-based WHO Europe Office announced on Tuesday. The criterion was a symptom duration of at least three months in the years 2020 and/or 2021.

The investigation indicates that the likelihood of Long Covid to fall ill is twice as high in women as in men, the WHO further announced. In addition, the long-Covid risk increases drastically after a severe corona infection, the treatment of which required hospitalization. According to the model calculation, one in three affected women and one in five affected men struggle with symptoms of Long Covid after such a severe course.

"We still have a lot to learn about Long Covid," said the director of the WHO region Europe, Hans Kluge, during a WHO meeting in Tel Aviv. "But this data makes it clear that we urgently need more analysis, more investment, more support and more solidarity with those affected." Millions of people suffered from debilitating symptoms in the months after a corona infection. “You must not continue to suffer in silence. Governments and health partners need to work together to find research and evidence-based solutions.”

According to the study, around 145 million people worldwide were affected by long-Covid symptoms in the first two years of the pandemic.



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