Q. 42 - Physical & Emotional components of this "long-term" COVID-19 illness : Physical limitation

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This looks to be a pretty normal distribution of responses.


Here below, we associate this summary of Phycial Limitation of those with "long-term" COVID-19 to other components already presented. 


This is the result for the entire sample, minus 3 discarded replies as previously explained.


Here, what is a 0 to 5 Likert scale is presented on the right with the totals for each response.

This permits calculating a mean level of physical limitation as shown on the left.


Perhaps easier to grasp, is that this sample of 132 respondents presents a level of activity of 51.8% of normal on average.





These results define an important level of physical disability.


It may help to explain why those afflicted with this illness, frequently describe a poor tolerance for any prolonged physical activity.  Their reserves for physical activity have been cut in half.


This tool provides a useful method of comparing different subgroups of the larger sample.

This will be done after completing the data for the total group of respondents.


One quick example: Pre-illness weight and current physical activity levels.







Those underweight before becoming ill:



Compared with normal weights  p = 0.1963   



Those obese before becoming ill:



Compared with normal weights   p = 0.2056   


And those Class III (BMI > 40 Kg/ M²) before becoming ill:



Compared with Nl Wts  t = 3.2359   df = 43  standard error of difference = 0.456  p = 0.0023   



These values fit with the 'U' - shaped distribution of weights and outcomes for many illnesses.


Given the small sample sizes of the minority groups, these results are probably all significant.


The message? Anticipate that recovery of physical activity after this illness, wil vary greatly as a function of variations from normal weight, increasing the challenge.  



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