Non-hospitalised COVID patients have low risk of serious long-term effects -study

A woman wearing a protective mask walks past a a coronavirus-themed mural as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in Solo, Central Java province, February 21, 2021 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Mohammad Ayudha/ via REUTERS

May 10 (Reuters) - Non-hospitalised COVID-19 patients have a low risk of serious long-term effects, but they report more visits to general practitioners following infection, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

"The absolute risk of severe post-acute complications after SARS-CoV-2 infection not requiring hospital admission is low. However, increases in visits to general practitioners and outpatient hospital visits could indicate COVID-19 sequelae," the study found.

It was a population-based cohort study using the Danish prescription, patient and health insurance registries.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler

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