Researchers were able to track down 488 survivors to see how they were doing 60 days after getting out of the hospital. Roughly a third of those patients were experiencing symptoms such as a cough or long-term loss of taste and smell.
Roughly half said their health had affected their emotional well-being, and about 36% said their illness had been a financial setback.
Getting back to work was also a struggle: Among patients who were employed before they got sick, 40% said they had lost their jobs or couldn’t go back for health reasons.
And a quarter of those who did return to work said their hours had been cut or their responsibilities modified.