Researchers world over have documented thousands of cases of long Covid – when a patient continues to face health issues after recovering from the viral infection. There can be an array of symptoms, including even cognitive disfunction and memory lapses.
“Nearly 500 patients are still coming to us for Covid follow-up. Many of them have pain in their joints. During the last two waves of Covid, many patients suffered lung fibrosis causing persistent breathlessness, cough and fatigue. Many people were depressed, had impaired memory, lack of concentration and sleep disorder. We are assuring the patients, motivating them for lifestyle changes, frequent clinical and lab check-ups along with psychiatric consultations in some cases,” said Dr Ajit Kumar, director of Sharda Hospital in Greater Noida.
Dr Arjun Khanna, senior pulmonologist and a critical care specialist at the Yashoda Super Speciality hospital, in Kaushambi told TOI there are also signs of recoveries among long Covid patients.
“Right now, our outdoor patient department only has a few patients who still need oxygen supply or are facing a problem in rehabilitation since after Covid.
“Most patients who had suffered long covid symptoms after being infected during the second wave of the pandemic have gradually recovered. Initially, we were also concerned given the extent of damage the virus had caused to the lungs in the patients,” he said.
Doctors at the District Combine Hospital in Ghaziabad said some patients who were pre-diabetic got diabetes, although there is no established link with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“The patients who became diabatic after testing positive for Covid are still coming for consultation. Other than diabetes, those patients who are still suffering from respiratory and cardiac diseases ardiac diseases and hypertension after Covid are still getting treated,” said Dr Rajpal Singh, physician at DCH in Ghaziabad.