Background: Emerging aspects of the Covid-19 clinical presentation are its long-term effects, which are characteristic of the so-called “long COVID”. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of physical, psychological, and sleep disturbances and the quality of life in the general population during the ongoing pandemic. Methods: This study, based on an online survey, collected demographic data, information related to COVID-19, sleep disturbances, and quality of life data from 507 individuals. The level of sleep disturbances and quality of life was assessed through the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and the EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D), respectively. Results: In total, 507 individuals (M = 91 and F = 416 women) completed the online survey. The main symptoms associated with “long COVID” were headache, fatigue, muscle aches/myalgia, articular pains, cognitive impairment, loss of concentration, and loss of smell. Additionally, the subjects showed significant levels of insomnia (p < 0.05) and an overall reduced quality of life (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The results of the study appear in line with recent publications, but uncertainty regarding the definition and specific features of “long COVID” remains. Further studies are needed in order to better define the clinical presentation of the “long COVID” condition and related targeted treatments.

Orrù, G., Bertelloni, D., Diolaiuti, F., Mucci, F., Di Giuseppe, M., Biella, M., et al. (2021). Long-COVID Syndrome? A Study on the Persistence of Neurological, Psychological and Physiological Symptoms. HEALTHCARE, 9, 1-15 [10.3390/healthcare9050575].

Long-COVID Syndrome? A Study on the Persistence of Neurological, Psychological and Physiological Symptoms

Mariagrazia Di Giuseppe;
2021-01-01

Abstract

Background: Emerging aspects of the Covid-19 clinical presentation are its long-term effects, which are characteristic of the so-called “long COVID”. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prevalence of physical, psychological, and sleep disturbances and the quality of life in the general population during the ongoing pandemic. Methods: This study, based on an online survey, collected demographic data, information related to COVID-19, sleep disturbances, and quality of life data from 507 individuals. The level of sleep disturbances and quality of life was assessed through the Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) and the EuroQol-5D (EQ-5D), respectively. Results: In total, 507 individuals (M = 91 and F = 416 women) completed the online survey. The main symptoms associated with “long COVID” were headache, fatigue, muscle aches/myalgia, articular pains, cognitive impairment, loss of concentration, and loss of smell. Additionally, the subjects showed significant levels of insomnia (p < 0.05) and an overall reduced quality of life (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The results of the study appear in line with recent publications, but uncertainty regarding the definition and specific features of “long COVID” remains. Further studies are needed in order to better define the clinical presentation of the “long COVID” condition and related targeted treatments.
2021
Pubblicato
Rilevanza internazionale
Articolo
Esperti anonimi
Settore M-PSI/08 - PSICOLOGIA CLINICA
English
long COVID
long-haul COVID
quality of life
insomnia
COVID-19
https://www.mdpi.com/2227-9032/9/5/575
Orrù, G., Bertelloni, D., Diolaiuti, F., Mucci, F., Di Giuseppe, M., Biella, M., et al. (2021). Long-COVID Syndrome? A Study on the Persistence of Neurological, Psychological and Physiological Symptoms. HEALTHCARE, 9, 1-15 [10.3390/healthcare9050575].
Orrù, G; Bertelloni, D; Diolaiuti, F; Mucci, F; Di Giuseppe, M; Biella, M; Gemignani, A; Ciacchini, R; Conversano, C
Articolo su rivista
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
healthcare Long Covid.pdf

solo utenti autorizzati

Licenza: Non specificato
Dimensione 1.41 MB
Formato Adobe PDF
1.41 MB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/2108/317901
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? 54
  • Scopus 72
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 72
social impact