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2022 Apr

Mymensingh Med J



Post-Acute Covid Neurological Symptoms among Doctors and Nurses in A Tertiary Care Hospital: An Observational Study from Bangladesh.


Bhattacharjee M, Hossain I, Roy S, Kamrul-Hasan AB, Ahmed F, Banerjee S, Bhuya SI, Losy SA, Biswas R, Mondal D
Mymensingh Med J. 2022 Apr; 31(2):379-384.
PMID: 35383754.


A good number of patients experience post-Covid complications. Doctors and nurses are the front liners who are at greater risk of having this disease. Neurological symptoms are frequent in patients with post-COVID-19 infection. The study aims to observe the post-acute neurological symptoms among doctors and nurses of Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, a tertiary care hospital in Bangladesh, after they recover from initial infection or among the asymptomatic cases. It was a retrospective observational study among the doctors and nurses who became RT PCR positive from late April to mid-September 2020. A total of 100 subjects were interviewed over the phone for the presence or absence of neurological symptoms four weeks post Covid-19 infection. Total 54 doctors and 46 nurses were evaluated; the male-female ratio was 1:1.77, the mean age was 35.6±7.6 years. Post-acute COVID neurological symptoms (PACNS) were present in 60% of respondents. Fatigue (51%) was the most common symptom, followed by sleep disturbance, headache, myalgia, loss of taste and smell. PACNS were more in symptomatic patients at the initial Covid infection than asymptomatic cases.