Patient outcomes after hospitalisation with COVID-19 and implications for follow-up: results from a prospective UK cohort

David T Arnold, Fergus W Hamilton, Alice Milne, Anna J Morley, Jason Viner, Marie Attwood, Alan Noel, Samuel Gunning, Jessica Hatrick, Sassa Hamilton, Karen T Elvers, Catherine Hyams, Anna Bibby, Ed Moran, Huzaifa I Adamali, James William Dodd, Nicholas A Maskell, Shaney L Barratt

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Abstract

The longer-term consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection are uncertain. Consecutive patients hospitalised with COVID-19 were prospectively recruited to this observational study (n=163). At 8-12 weeks postadmission, survivors were invited to a systematic clinical follow-up. Of 131 participants, 110 attended the follow-up clinic. Most (74%) had persistent symptoms (notably breathlessness and excessive fatigue) and limitations in reported physical ability. However, clinically significant abnormalities in chest radiograph, exercise tests, blood tests and spirometry were less frequent (35%), especially in patients not requiring supplementary oxygen during their acute infection (7%). Results suggest that a holistic approach focusing on rehabilitation and general well-being is paramount.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalThorax
Early online date3 Dec 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Dec 2020

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