Long Covid: “Underestimated problem” – Leopoldina President sees need for research

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“Underestimated problem” – Leopoldina President sees need for investigation into Lung Covid

Long-Covid patients on average 105 days on sick leave

About every hundredth fight after a corona infection with Long Covid. An evaluation by the technical health insurer shows how long those affected continue to suffer from the complaints a year after the illness.

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According to a WHO analysis, at least 17 million people were affected by long-term Covid symptoms in the first two years of the pandemic in Europe. Leopoldina President Gerald Haug is now calling for more research.

dThe president of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Gerald Haug, still sees a great need for research into Lung Covid. “Long Covid is a seriously underestimated problem with only limited treatment options so far,” said Haug of the dpa news agency in Mainz. He himself knows affected “young sportsmen who do not have an hour of energy a day”. “The causes and the various symptoms are not yet fully understood.”

According to an analysis commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 17 million people in Europe were affected by long-term symptoms of COVID-19 in the first two years of the pandemic. The research suggests that women are twice as likely to develop Lung Covid as men. In addition, the long-term Covid risk increases dramatically after a serious corona infection, the treatment of which required hospitalization.

An institute in Rostock, which it claims is unique in Germany, wants to contribute in the future to better dealing with the late effects of corona. The initiator is the pulmonologist Jördis Frommhold, who is considered an expert in the field of Lung Covid disease throughout Germany and is president of the new Lung Covid Medical Association.

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Haug is also director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. Independent of economic or political interests, the National Academy of Sciences is scientifically concerned with important future social issues. She communicates the results to politicians and the public and represents the problem at home and abroad.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of known infections in Germany increased by 133,532 on Wednesday morning to more than 33.51 million. That was 37,721 cases more than Wednesday a week ago, when 95,811 were reported. The seven-day incidence was 414.0. The RKI recorded another 128 deaths related to the coronavirus. The known total is 150,192.

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