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Collaborative Research for Long COVID Haulers in Greece (Characteristics, Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation). Non-hospitalized and Hospitalized Long COVID Patients Share Similar Symptom Patterns

Version 1 : Received: 18 March 2022 / Approved: 21 March 2022 / Online: 21 March 2022 (08:25:20 CET)

How to cite: Katsarou, M.S.; Iasonidou, E.; Osarogue, A.; Kalafatis, E.; Gatzonis, S.; Pappa, S.; Verentzioti, A.; Stefanatou, M.; Gounopoulos, P.; Demponeras, C.; Konstantinidou, E.; Drakoulis, N.; Asimakos, A.; Antonoglou, A.; Mavronasou, A.; Spetsioti, S.; Kotanidou, A.; Katsaounou, P. Collaborative Research for Long COVID Haulers in Greece (Characteristics, Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation). Non-hospitalized and Hospitalized Long COVID Patients Share Similar Symptom Patterns. Preprints 2022, 2022030277 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202203.0277.v1). Katsarou, M.S.; Iasonidou, E.; Osarogue, A.; Kalafatis, E.; Gatzonis, S.; Pappa, S.; Verentzioti, A.; Stefanatou, M.; Gounopoulos, P.; Demponeras, C.; Konstantinidou, E.; Drakoulis, N.; Asimakos, A.; Antonoglou, A.; Mavronasou, A.; Spetsioti, S.; Kotanidou, A.; Katsaounou, P. Collaborative Research for Long COVID Haulers in Greece (Characteristics, Clinical Assessment and Rehabilitation). Non-hospitalized and Hospitalized Long COVID Patients Share Similar Symptom Patterns. Preprints 2022, 2022030277 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202203.0277.v1).

Abstract

Abstract: COVID-19 Long Haulers, an estimated 3% to 12% of people infected globally with coronavirus having latter devasting symptoms 12 weeks after the initial infection is on the rise. We conducted a collaborative study with the long covid patient organization in Greece in order to estimate the prevalence, symptoms and problems that adult long haulers experience and then propose a management plan for these patients. Symptoms were obtained from 208 patients using unstructured qualitative free text entries in an anonymized online questionnaire. The majority of respondents (68.8%) were not hospitalized and had been diagnosed more than six months ago with lingering symptoms (66,8%). Eighteen different symptoms (fatigue, tachycardia, shortness of breath, parosmia etc) were mentioned in both hospitalized and community patients. Interestingly, patients with initial mild symptoms suffer from the same persistent symptoms as those who were hospitalized. Awareness of long covid sequelae seems to be low even among medical doctors. Treatment options incorporating targeted rehabilitation programs are either not available or still excluded from the management plan of long covid patients. Since long COVID is a multi-systemic entity, we propose a holistic interventional approach using a multidisciplinary medical team in order to securely and effectively diagnose and treat these specific patients. Academic and medical community must collaborate with long covid patients’ organizations so as to provide personalized medicine.

Keywords

Long Covid; post Covid; Post-acute COVID

Subject

MEDICINE & PHARMACOLOGY, Other

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