One out of Four Fully Recovered Patients from Shincheonji Church in Daegu Suffer After Effects Including Chronic Fatigue


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Entered 08-24-2020 19:20 Final Edit 08-24-2020 23:53

Soldiers from the Army’s 2nd Operation Command are carrying out quarantine activities in front of a Shincheonji Church in Daegu, where clusters of coronavirus cases (COVID 19) were confirmed in early March. From Newsis

Total follow-up survey of 4198 confirmed cases from Shincheonji Church in Daegu
322 suffer chronic fatigue, 303 experience pain such as headache

A study showed one out of four fully-recovered COVID-19 patients suffer aftereffects. Chronic fatigue, headache, and other various symptoms persist long after contracting COVID-19, unlike a common flu, found from the survey conducted with the members of the Shincheonji Church in Daegu who were confirmed positive between last February and March. With only a few statistics and researches on aftereffects available so far with government’s systematic analysis, this result is expected to be used as a reference in future COVID-19 response including developing vaccine and treatment, as well as postmortem maintenance of the infected patients.

According to Thaddeus Tribe, Shincheonji Church of Jesus on the 24th, 1,035 patients out of a total of 4,198 members who were confirmed to be positive are still experiencing aftereffects. Among them, 302 patients (29.2%) experienced symptoms severe enough to seek hospital treatment.

Based on the number of confirmed cases nationwide (17,665) as of 12:00 AM on this day, the size of the survey sample (4,198) is 23.7% of all confirmed cases. At the request of the Hankook Ilbo, this survey was conducted through a unit under the Daegu Church between the 20th and 23rd. A person related to the Shincheonji Church in Daegu said, “The survey was conducted through advice from medical professionals for the purpose of health management of the members who have recovered from COVID-19.”

Most of the patients suffered from multiple aftereffects simultaneously. Among them, 322 people (with multiple responses) answered that they were experiencing chronic fatigue and tiredness, and 119 people complained of headache, which accounts for one out of ten. In addition, 303 people complained of various symptoms that could interfere with their daily life, including 80 people who experienced chest pain, 77 with muscle pain, and 27 with sore throat.

Despite being determined to have been fully recovered, a great number of people suffered from aftereffects without any means to discuss. There were 203 people who complained of experiencing difficulties in their daily life due to memory loss, and 126 people also complained of odor-related disorders where they could not smell, or felt excessively sensitive towards smell of cigarettes or blood. A doctor in Daegu, who is suffering from the aftereffects of olfactory disorders, said, “Considering that it continues to this day, about five months from the time of cure, the destructive power of COVID-19 is worse than we thought.” Ninety-eight people said they lost their sense of taste.

In addition, 116 patients who fully recovered answered that they are suffering from insomnia, with 70 patients who complained of psychological pressure and stress, and 67 answered that they were losing hair. No correlation could be determined between hair loss and stress, since patients who confirmed to have suffered both symptoms were rare.

Main aftereffects of COVID-19. A survey was conducted with 1,035 patients who are experiencing aftereffects among the 4,198 postive cases from the Shincheonji Church in Daegu

The patients also experienced newly-developed symptoms of phlegm (65), depression (64), decreased appetite (61), cough (59), shortness of breath (54), rhinitis (41), decreased physical strength (38), diarrhea (37), and lethargy (33). These are the symptoms that have also been reported abroad occasionally. In addition, the patients also complained of liver disease (29), immunity decline (28), lung disease (20), skin discoloration (8), tinnitus (3), itchiness (10), body aches (6), menstrual irregularities (2), thyroid issues (3), diabetes (4), heart disease (7), dizziness (10), shingles (2), decreased vision (16), decreased white blood cell count (1), esophagitis (7), voice abnormality (4), cystitis (3), weight abnormality (6), indigestion (15), edema (6), enteritis (4), and trembling around the mouth and eyes (2).

The problem is that these symptoms are not simple to treat. About 30% (302) of 1,035 cured patients who answered that they were suffering from aftereffects had to be treated at hospitals or are still receiving treatment. Visiting the hospital means that these aftereffects have disrupted their everyday life. In addition, there were 657 people who were being treated at home. There were also 67 patients who answered that they did experience abnormal symptoms after contracting COVID-19, but never found the names of their illnesses or who later felt better.

“The statistics of Shincheonji members are meaningful because there has never been such a large-scale survey on the aftereffects of cured patients in Korea,” said Kim Shin-woo, head of the Daegu City Infectious Disease Management Support Division.

From Daegu: Reporter Jeon Joon-ho

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