92% of COVID-19 survivors in Abu Dhabi reported no persistent symptoms after testing negative, survey shows

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UAE
  • Date: 07/21/2021
  • Source: Gulf News
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Country: UAE

92% of COVID-19 survivors in Abu Dhabi reported no persistent symptoms after testing negative, survey shows

Abu Dhabi: A recent survey of COVID-19 patients in Abu Dhabi found that 92 per cent showed no persistent symptoms after testing negative. The survey, conducted by health care regulator, the Department of Health (DoH), reached out to 2,000 COVID-19 patients over a two-week period. It includes a series of measures by the emirate to proactively curb the spread of COVID-19 while also ensuring the recovery of affected patients. "Eight per cent of COVID-19 patients go on to experience long COVID-19, in line with other international studies. [Among survey respondents,] 39 per cent experienced some symptoms for up to a week, and five per cent experienced at least one symptom for eight weeks or more," the DoH said. Negative moods and depleted energy levels were the most common symptoms of long COVID-19. Among those who reported persistent symptoms, 52 per cent said they felt tired, 35 per cent of respondents reported a persistent cough, and 27 per cent reported feeling low (negative mood). Despite these symptoms, 52 per cent of people with long COVID-19 were able to perform their day-to-day activities. The survey also looked into hospitalisation rates. Adults were twice as likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19 compared to