Aussie patients still battling COVID-19 symptoms up to eight months later

New data demonstrate a legacy of continued fatigue and pain that prevents patients returning to usual daily life, physicians say

One in five people treated for acute COVID-19 are still battling severe symptoms eight months later, according to the first long-term follow-up of an Australian cohort.

Doctors at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital who analysed data on 81 patients say the 15 meeting their definition for ‘long COVID’ had one or more ongoing symptoms of fatigue, laboured breathing or chest pain.

And many more — up to one in three patients — have some lingering or new symptoms, including headaches and loss of smell, suggesting they weren’t fully