Post COVID-19 condition occurs in individuals with history of probable or confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection usually 3 months from the onset of COVID–19 with symptoms that last for at least 2 months and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis. Aim of this study is to retrospect three month follow up of probable or confirmed SARS-CoV–2 infected patients to learn better understanding of post COVID-19 symptomatology.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This was retrospective study. All patients >18 years of age, admitted from July 2020 to June 2021 in multispecialty hospital and critical care center were included in this study. Clinical records were accessed for collecting relevant data. The patients or relatives were telephonically contacted and requested to come to the hospital if possible. If not possible a questionnaire for symptoms was filled by healthcare workers on telephone. The results were assessed in terms of symptoms, any significant complications of COVID-19, any deaths within 3 months.
A total of 433 patients were included. The mean age was 64.28 ± 15.20 years. The most common symptoms at 3 months follow up were fatigue or tiredness on routine exertion followed by breathlessness and cough. 5 patients were died within 3 months of COVID–19 infections. Out of these 2 patients had stroke, 2 patients had AMI and in one patient cause could not be found out. Not a single patient developed severe mucor mycosis requiring surgical intervention. Only 10 patients had to consult for ophthalmic and ENT complaints which were managed conservatively.
The most common post COVID sequel was fatigue or tiredness which was disturbing routine work of the patient. Males were more affected than females. Few patients developed diabetes. However, incidence of mucormycosis was very less in these patients.