More than three-quarters of people hospitalised with COVID-19 still suffered from at least one symptom after six months, according to a new study.

The research, which was published on Saturday in the Lancet medical journal, involved hundreds of patients in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the new coronavirus was first detected.

“Because COVID-19 is such a new disease, we are only beginning to understand some of its long-term effects on patients’ health,” said lead author Bin Cao, of the National Center for Respiratory Medicine.

The professor said the research highlighted the need for continuing care for patients after they have been discharged from hospital, particularly those who have had severe infections.

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