Long COVID hits women harder than men, study finds

The prospective cohort data show only a minority of hospitalised patients of either sex recover fully in the short term

Women hospitalised with COVID-19 are almost 40% more likely than men to have ongoing symptoms after six months, according to a major study.

Locked down older patients

The UK Post-Hospitalisation COVID-19 (PHOSP-COVID) study, which followed more than 1000 patients, found that only 29% described themselves as fully recovered after six months.

The researchers classified patients with long COVID into four categories — very severe, severe, moderate and mild — based on physical and mental impairment.