“That was the excellence between the COVID-positive group and the COVID-negative group; COVID-19 clearly made individuals who have been comparatively nicely find yourself in hospital regardless that they didn’t have a few of these premorbid situations,” he mentioned.
Professor Edgar mentioned whereas signs akin to lack of style and odor, hair loss, fatigue and muscle/joint ache have been additionally signs of different viruses, they have been extra widespread and lasted longer in COVID sufferers.
“What we’re seeing is there’s an ongoing grievance of lack of ability of sufferers to get again to what can be a reasonably regular respiratory capacity,” he mentioned.
“After having the virus it appears about 20 to 35 per cent of the COVID-positive group are nonetheless complaining concerning the main options of lengthy COVID, together with issues like muscle aches, fatigue, joint ache, lack of style and odor after six months.
“Anecdotally, there’s loads of sufferers that complain a few mind fog.
“For me these items are indicators of a neuro-inflammatory response that smashes the entire physique primarily, so that you’re getting these very broad vary of signs.”
The LATER-19 examine, which tracks signs over 12 months, is predicted to publish its findings by the top of the 12 months.
Since his analysis, Mr Smith has turn into a COVID-19 vaccination advocate.
“It’s been a hell of a journey, I need to say,” he mentioned.
“The specter of COVID is actual, it’s very actual, I can attest to that. The one method that this nightmare will finish is for all to be vaccinated.”
WA is lagging behind the remainder of the nation in its vaccine roll-out, with 11.04 per cent of the inhabitants totally vaccinated to Wednesday in comparison with the nationwide common of 13.41 per cent.
The Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory have each achieved an immunisation price of greater than 20 per cent.
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