Almost one-fifth of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients later developed conditions associated with long-haulers, according to a new white paper from FAIR Health.
The healthcare transparency not-for-profit studied private insurance claims associated with 1.9 million patients who had a COVID-19 test, and then and looked at any health issues 30 days or more after their initial diagnosis. The analysis found 19% of asymptomatic individuals had at least one long-haul symptom, but the number is likely larger.
"A large number of asymptomatic people probably escaped attention in the early months of the pandemic, because testing wasn't that widely available," FAIR Health president Robin Gelburd said. "This should alert physicians and other providers to being attentive to those kinds of symptoms, because they may not have had a COVID-19 diagnosis in their chart."
The most common post-COVID-19 conditions include pain, breathing difficulty, high cholesterol, fatigue and hypertension. Anxiety was also commonly reported.