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2022 May-Jun

Natl Med J India



Persistence of symptoms after Covid-19 infection in Kerala.


Sreelakshmi PR, Siji VS, Gopan K, Gopinath S, Nair AS
Natl Med J India. 2022 May-Jun; 35(3):156-158.
PMID: 36461878.


Background Persistence of symptoms following Covid-19 infection has now been recognized as an upcoming public health crisis. Understanding these persistent symptoms and quantifying them is vital in planning care for these patients. Studies from India estimating the magnitude of these persistent symptoms are scarce. We aimed to estimate the proportion of symptoms that persist among patients who have recovered from Covid-19 infection. Methods We conducted this descriptive study among 114 individuals after they recovered from Covid-19 infection. Participants diagnosed as Covid-positive at a tertiary care centre were included in the study. Data were collected from the participants through an online platform. Frequency and proportion of various persistent symptoms were estimated. Analysis was done using SPSS version 16. Results The mean (SD) age of the study participants was 35.5 (15.7) years. Women comprised 62.3% (n=71) of the population. Persistent symptoms were reported by 66 (57.9%; 95% CI 53.07-62.72) participants. The most common symptoms reported were fatigue (n=45, 39.5%) and joint pain (n=23, 20.2%). Those who required hospitalization for longer duration were found to be more associated with having persistent symptoms (p=0.018). Conclusion A sizable proportion of individuals had persistent symptoms after recovering from Covid-19 infection. Health facilities should be equipped to address these emerging issues.