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The most common symptom was loss of sense of smell or taste, which amounted to 30%. Then comes the loss of muscle mass, which is reported by 25% of those who develop the disease. A telephone survey of 9,000 Brazilians heard, at least 65% of those infected with the COVID-19 virus in Brazil were left with some sequelae, according to a telephone survey conducted in the first quarter of the year. The most common problem reported was loss of sense of smell or taste, which reached 30% of sufferers. Next is the loss of muscle mass, which is reported by 25% of those who develop the disease. The data are in the Telephone Survey of Risk Factors for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in Epidemic Times (COFETIL), which interviewed 9,000 people. The research was carried out by Vital Health and Strategies and the Federal University of Pelotas, in partnership with other entities, and the data was published in the newspaper Folha de São Paulo. The finding suggests that the effects of the pandemic may continue to affect patients and the Brazilian health system in the future, even if the spread of the disease at present is under greater control. Survey respondents could report more than one complication after contracting Covid-19. The questionnaire did not specify a minimum period of symptoms after infection as sequelae. After loss of smell and/or taste, loss of muscle mass, fatigue (24%), memory loss (21%), hair loss (19%), shortness of breath (19%), sleep problems (14%) and psychological problems (14%) ). Luciana Sardinha, technical advisor in epidemiology and public health at Vital Strategies, said the outcome of 65% of patients experiencing sequelae was surprising, and there was still a lot of uncertainty as to how long these long-term effects could last. The survey organizers also highlighted the importance of maintaining care to avoid new coronavirus infections, such as wearing masks and sanitizing hands. Other studies regard changes in smell and taste as one of the most common consequences of COVID-19, even if studies come to different conclusions about the percentage of people infected. Research published July 28 in the BMJ medical journal, for example, found that about 5% of people who contract Covid-19 experience a loss or change in their sense of smell or taste for at least six months after infection. The researchers analyzed the results of 18 previous studies involving 3,699 patients. Through a mathematical model, they estimated that 5.6% of patients had problems with smell and 4.4% with changes in taste, for at least six months after infection. A Brazilian study coordinated by the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) and the University of São Paulo (USP) and published this month found that neurological problems affect more than 30% of COVID-19 patients. The publication notes that the symptoms are usually associated mainly with severe cases, but also affect those who have had moderate or mild cases of the disease. The researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brain structure of 81 healthy people with 81 people who may have had the original strain of Sars-Cov-2 and were recovering from mild or moderate cases of COVID-19. About a year two months. bl / ek (ots)

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