COVID-19 pandemic

Complications haunt patients post recovery

Complications haunt patients post recovery

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, September 15

Having successfully battled Covid-19, nearly 80 per cent of the recovered patients are thronging local hospitals with complications like chronic fatigue, inflammation, pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis, cardiac issues, etc.

In view of the alarming situation, many hospitals have planned to start post-Covid OPDs. Dr Virender Yadav, CMO, Gurugram, said: “The disease is leaving its footprints, the magnanimity of which differs from patient to patient. After discharge, we stay in touch with people reporting symptoms. To handle such cases in an organised way, we will soon start OPDs in both government and private hospitals.”

Sources said there had been instances where patients after testing negative and being discharged from hospitals died within two or three days due to cardiac arrest. Many were rushed back in a critical condition, they said.

Dr Yashpal Sharma, Head of Cardiology Department, PGIMER, Chandigarh, said: “Many patients have complained of cardiac issues after recovery. A number of them were even asymptomatic and had normal cardiac health prior to contracting the virus. It is thus important for all recovered patients to get a cardiac analysis done.”

“Many people report minor symptoms like fatigue, while others are found suffering from complicated pulmonary conditions,” said Dr Manoj Goyal, a pulmonologist.

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