People of all age groups are at risk of long-term physical and mental health issues after Covid infection, a study has found.

Following Covid-19 infection, there is significant new onset morbidity in children, adolescents, and adults across 13 distinct diagnosis and symptom complexes, according to a new study published in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine.

Earlier research has established that some people infected with Covid-19 suffer long-term health problems following the acute phase of the disease.

However, evidence on post-acute syndrome is still limited, especially for children and adolescents.

The new study by Martin Roessler of Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany, and colleagues, used a healthcare dataset covering nearly half the German population.

Overall, children and adolescents who had been infected with Covid-19 were 30 percent more likely than controls to have documented health problems beginning three months or more after infection.

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Adults with Covid-19 were 33 percent more likely than controls to have health problems, the findings showed.

Among children and adolescents, rates of malaise/fatigue/exhaustion, cough, and throat/chest pain were the most strongly associated with a prior Covid-19 infection, but rates of headache, fever, abdominal pain, anxiety disorder, and depression were also increased.

Among adults, smell/taste disturbance, fever, and dyspnea (or difficulty breathing) were most strongly associated with Covid-19 infection but also more common were cough, throat and chest pain, hair loss, fatigue, exhaustion, and headache.

“The results of the present study indicate that post-Covid syndrome cannot be dismissed among children and adolescents,” the authors said.

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“While children and adolescents appear to be less affected than adults, these findings are statistically significant for all age groups,” they wrote.