After corona infection
Young women suffer from chronic fatigue more often
Frequent fatigue, lack of energy – more and more people struggle with chronic exhaustion. After a corona infection, patients are twice as likely to be affected compared to the rest of the population. The level of suffering is often underestimated.
According to a recent study, significantly more people suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome after corona infection than people who were not in contact with the virus. Young women are also mainly affected by exhaustion syndrome, as the Berlin Charité and the Schleswig-Holstein University Hospital jointly announced. The research team evaluated data from around a thousand patients who had a coronavirus infection at least six months ago.
A comparison group was formed from approximately one thousand people without previous infection. About 19 percent of those previously infected with corona showed relevant symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. In contrast, it was only eight percent in the comparison group. According to researchers, chronic fatigue is more than twice as common months after infection with the coronavirus than in the healthy general population. In particular, he meets younger women between the ages of 18 and 24.
“In a direct comparison with the general population, we did not expect such high numbers and such a clear difference,” explained one of the study’s co-authors, Charité neurologist Carsten Finke. Post-infectious chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as fatigue syndrome, is characterized by long-term and severe physical weakness.
Great personal suffering
According to Finke, the disease is associated with great personal suffering, also leads to absences from work and represents a significant burden on the health system, therefore there are no suitable treatment options. In addition, there are no reliable figures on the frequency of late and long-term sequelae such as this after infection with the coronavirus.
According to the study, another common consequence of coronary infection is cognitive impairment, such as impaired concentration or memory. They appeared in 27 percent of those examined. Symptoms were more likely to be seen in men aged 55 and over. Few of them also complained of symptoms of chronic fatigue, according to the study. In contrast, about half of people aged 25 to 54 suffered from fatigue and cognitive impairment.
The research team concluded that independent factors lead to the occurrence of these two episodes. It is now interesting whether the cognitive deficits persisted permanently or whether they subsided, explained study co-author Walter Maetzler from the Schleswig-Holstein University Hospital. “The current data provide the first indications that chronic fatigue syndrome is less pronounced the longer the disease has lasted.”