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PostPosted: 02 Aug 2020 20:04 
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New England journal of Medicine
July 27, 2020

COVID-19 Symptoms After Virologic Recovery

Of patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 87% had persistent symptoms more than 2 months after onset of disease, despite resolution of viral infection.

Anecdotal reports of prolonged symptomatic recovery after COVID-19 are increasing in the popular press. Now,
investigators in Italy report outcomes of 143 patients previously hospitalized for COVID-19, evaluated a mean of 60 days after symptom onset and 36 days after hospital discharge.
This observational cohort had a mean age of 56.5 years, 37% were women, and the mean length of hospitalization was 13.5 days. During hospitalization,73% had evidence of interstitial pneumonia, 15% required noninvasive ventilation, and 5% received mechanical ventilation. For this study, participants were virus-free by polymerase chain reaction testing and met World Health Organization criteria for ending quarantine (isolation).

On physical examination and history taking, only 13% of participants reported being symptom-free; 55% had 3 or more symptoms and the remainder had 1 or 2 symptoms.
The most common symptoms were fatigue in 53%, dyspnea in 43%, joint pain in 27%, and chest pain in 22%. Compared with their pre-COVID-19 quality of life, 44% reported that their quality of life was ≥10 points lower on a scale of 0 (worst health) to 100 (best health).


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I suspect this is the first of many reports to suggest that and survival and recovery are not synonymous.

Longitudinal data are needed to fully understand how long symptoms persist and how many become permanent. Whether any effective therapies exist for COVID-19 sequelae is equally unclear.
Long-term postacute interdisciplinary clinics are needed to follow-up on these phenomena further.


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Does this report mention anything about patients with co-morbidity and length of persistent symptoms after recovery. This is an entirely new disease and we are learning more about it everyday!


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PostPosted: 07 Aug 2020 17:33 
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Important aspect you raised re CoMorbidity.

They did not include it as a Primary aim to assess , and hence did not mention it nor analyse it.
Their main out come measure was symptom length for the the period of the paper as mentioned ie -60 days after symptom onset and 36 days after discharge.

They clearly added that POST ACUTE CO- MORBIDITY CONDITIONS CLINICS should follow up these cases in their respective clinics and consider the data.


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