Almost a third of recovered Covid patients are readmitted to hospital within five months and up to one in eight die of Covid-related complications.
Research by Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that out of 47,780 people discharged from hospital in the first wave, 29.4 per cent returned to hospital within 140 days and 12.3 per cent died.
The devastating long-term effects of coronavirus can cause many survivors to develop heart problems, diabetes and chronic liver and kidney conditions.
Study author Kamlesh Khunti, professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine at Leicester University, told the Telegraph this was the ‘largest study of people discharged from hospital after being admitted with Covid’.
Professor Khunti said: ‘People seem to be going home, getting long-term effects, coming back in and dying. We see nearly 30 per cent have been readmitted, and that’s a lot of people. The numbers are so large.’
The study has yet to be peer-reviewed and the alarming statistics are based on initial data. In other developments:
NHS figures revealed one in six Covid-19 patients in English NHS hospitals arrived without the virus but were infected there since September;
Another 671 deaths were recorded, the highest number for any Sunday of the pandemic so far, along with 38,598 new cases;
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said a patient is being admitted to hospital with coronavirus every 30 seconds;
Ex-Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption sparked a row after telling stage 4 bowel cancer sufferer Deborah James on TV that her life was ‘less valuable’ than other people’s;
All travellers arriving in Britain face being forced to quarantine in hotels under plans to further lock down the country’s borders;
England rugby star Maro Itoje called for every schoolchild to have a laptop as he vowed to tackle the ‘digital divide’;
Parks remained packed despite the Prime Minister warning people to ‘think twice’ before leaving the house;
Dominic Raab warned the public it is ‘too early’ for them to book summer holidays for this year.
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Source: Daily Mail