Women are more likely than men to suffer lasting effects of coronavirus, study finds

Women are 22 percent more likely than men to suffer from mysterious “Long COVID”and will experience a different set of debilitating symptoms than men, according to a massive study of 1.3 million coronavirus survivors.

Researchers at pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson looked at women with COVID-borne ear, nose, and throat problems for a long time; mood, neurological, skin, gastrointestinal and rheumatological disorders; and fatigue

Men with long-term COVID, a syndrome in which complications persist for more than four weeks after the initial infection of COVID-19sometimes for many months, they were more likely to suffer from endocrine disorders such as diabetes and kidney disorders, the study found.
Staff collect samples at a COVID-19 testing clinic in Bondi Beach. (AP)
“Differences in immune system function between women and men could be an important driver of sex differences in long-COVID syndrome,” the study authors wrote in the publication. peer reviewed study.

“Women mount faster and more robust innate and adaptive immune responses, which can protect them from initial infection and severity.

“However, this same difference may make women more vulnerable to long-term autoimmune disease.”

After the first few months of the pandemic, people who developed what is now known as long COVID were also called “long transporters.”

Many long-haul carriers complained that their GPs, employers or family members did not understand or recognize the symptoms they were struggling with, months after they had overcome the first effects of the virus.

Online support groups sprang up, where members plagued by lingering effects shared stories of brain fog, breathing problems, stomach problems, fatigue, pain, anxiety, or depression.

A registered nurse is seen wearing PPE at a Bondi Beach COVID-19 drive-thru testing clinic in Sydney, Australia.
A registered nurse at a Sydney COVID-19 clinic. At least four million Australian adults are estimated to have contracted coronavirus. (Getty/Lisa Maree Williams)

Assuming that more than a third of people will experience long-term COVID, and Johnson & Johnson’s analysis is accurate, 1.4 million Australians may be long-term carriers, and Australian women with long-term COVID could number close to one million.

Looking at the early onset of COVID-19, Johnson & Johnson researchers noted that patients were “much more likely” to experience mood disorders such as depression, ear, nose, and throat symptoms, musculoskeletal pain, and respiratory symptoms.

Male patients, on the other hand, were prone to kidney disorders that affected the kidneys.

According to the latest federal government dataThere have been at least 7.7 million cases of coronavirus in Australia since the pandemic began in 2020, reflecting people contracting COVID-19 more than once.

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