Vol. 4 No. 02 (2021)
Editorial

Post-COVID Syndrome- An Editorial

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Dr. HN Sarker
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Abstract

Two and a quarter year have passed after the declaration of COVID-19 pandemic, yet the world continues to face new wave with new variant and its devastating effect on health. The world also faces its tremendous social and economic consequences, globally [1].

Healthcare mainly focuses on acute illness [2–4], long-term consequences have become evident [5,6]. Symptoms in COVID-19 may persist for several weeks after acute infection [7]. Symptoms persisting for more than three weeks after the diagnosis of COVID-19 characterize the post-COVID syndrome. Post-COVID syndrome is being increasingly recognized as a new clinical entity. Post-COVID syndrome was first described in spring 2020.

Post-COVID syndrome was first defined by Greenhalgh et al. as COVID-19 associated-illness extending for more than three weeks after the onset of symptoms. Currently, there is no universally accepted definition of post-COVID syndrome.   

The incidence of post-COVID syndrome ranges from 10% to 35%, incidence increases as high as 85% in hospitalised patients and severe COVID-19 patients. 

The most common post-COVID symptoms include fatigue, dyspnea, olfactory and gustatory dysfunction, chest pain, myalgia, and sleep and mental disorders [6–10].

There is no consensus on the classification of post-COVID syndrome. Multi-factorial pathogenesis, such as inflammation, nervous system dysfunction, endothelial damage, and thromboembolism are responsible for post-COVID syndrome.

 As days are going, more and more post-COVID symptomes are recognised. Further research is needed in order to elucidate the incidence, clinical spectrum, pathogenesis, and prognosis of this new clinical entity.   

Published 20-04-2022

Keywords

  • Post-COVID,
  • syndrome,
  • Editorial

How to Cite

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Sarker DH. Post-COVID Syndrome- An Editorial. The Insight [Internet]. 2022 Apr. 20 [cited 2022 Sep. 24];4(02):1-2. Available from: https://bdjournals.org/index.php/insight/article/view/131