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Non-hospitalized COVID-19 patients have low risk of serious long-term effects, study says

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Non-hospitalized 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.

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“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.

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

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