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The term “long-COVID-19” refers to the persistent or prolonged illness that COVID-19 patients continue to experience after their recovery phase. There are several symptoms that have been reported, including breathlessness, anxiety, depression, chest pain, myalgia, and fatigue. There have been reports of organ system-specific injuries that involve the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and cutaneous systems as well as the neuropsychiatric system. Regardless of the severity of Covid 19 infection and irrespective of age group, long COVID has the strange feature that it tends to affect all COVID-19 patients
Cough and dyspnea are the most frequent pulmonary complaints reported by the Long-COVID-19 subjects. However, the most worrisome health concern is the development of post-COVID-19 interstitial lung disease in few patients who can present with persistent hypoxia and abnormal pulmonary function tests. CT chest is an invaluable diagnostic tool in these patients.
It is a well-recognized fact that COVID-19 affects the cardiovascular system, and post-recovery can lead to myocarditis, acute/decompensated heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, arrhythmias, and thromboembolic events in subjects with and without preexisting cardiovascular disease. Sudden cardiac arrest has also been reported in a few patients recovered from COVID-19.
The neurological manifestations ranging from mild to severe forms are seen in a large number of patients who have recovered from Covid – 19. The symptoms vary from mild presentations like headache, myalgia, weakness, vertigo, anosmia/ageusia to more serious complications like seizures, encephalopathy, and stroke. Brain fog is another common manifestation of Long-COVID.
Apart from the commonly reported symptoms such as impaired cognition and sleep disorders anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder are also commonly seen in patients who have recovered from Covid -19
Apart from the above-mentioned manifestations, there are also reports of disease manifestations involving other organ systems. COVID-19 recovered patients require a thorough clinical assessment to identify new, persistent, or progressive symptoms; and need close follow-up for early recognition of serious complications like acute cardiac events, thromboembolism and stroke.