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A study looking at the longer-term impact of COVID-19 has found that a significant proportion of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital reported symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue and depression and had limited exercise capacity several weeks after leaving hospital.

MRI scanner © Martin Phelps
Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research

The University of Oxford scientists carrying out the C-MORE study found that at two to three month after the onset of the disease, 64% of patients continued to experience breathlessness and 55% reported fatigue. MRI scans revealed abnormalities in the lungs of 60% of participants, in the hearts of 26%, in the livers of 10% and in the kidneys of 29% of patients.

The paper, published in the Lancet’s open access EClinicalMedicine, is the first peer-reviewed paper to be published on the impact of COVID-19 on multiple organs using imaging.

The study is being led by researchers from the Radcliffe Department of Medicine and is supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and the NIHR Oxford Health BRC, as well as the BHF Oxford Centre for Research Excellence and Wellcome Trust.

The full story is available on the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) website

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