Patients surviving COVID-19 'have higher risk of premature death'

The health burden is higher than patients surviving influenza, the researchers say

Patients discharged after hospitalisation for COVID-19 have double the risk of another admission or death in the ensuing months than people in the general population, a UK study shows.

COVID-19 patient

Those surviving the pandemic illness are twice as likely to die as patients who have been hospitalised with influenza and five times as likely to die from any cause as the general population, the analysis finds.

The results showed the need for “active follow-up in primary care in the weeks and months following a