Kolkata doctors warns against COVID after effects

  • | Monday | 30th November, 2020

Relapse of COVID or after-effects of the pandemic can be dangerous and doctors in Kolkata are worried about the fact that cases may surface. Once you have had Covid, a negative test may indicate you’re virus-free, but you may not be out of the woods just yet, doctors have cautioned.

Relapse of COVID or after-effects of the pandemic can be dangerous and doctors in Kolkata are worried about the fact that cases may surface. Once you have had Covid, a negative test may indicate you’re virus-free, but you may not be out of the woods just yet, doctors have cautioned.

As the pandemic continues to rage, a growing number of Covid survivors are being struck by post-recovery complications — even weeks after testing negative — that are often turning out to be more threatening than the viral attack itself.

Even though the fatality rate is low in such patients, the Covid-triggered ailments are proving to be persistent with a long-term health impact, especially in the case of elderly patients with co-morbidities, say doctors. One in every three non-Covid patients now admitted at Kolkata’s private hospitals is a Covid survivor, they claim.

The post-recovery complications witnessed so far are wide-ranging: from minor ones like mild breathing distress, insomnia, or lack of appetite to severe symptoms like breathlessness, lung fibrosis, and myocarditis (inflammation of heart muscle). There have been numerous cases of arrhythmia, sudden cardiac failure, or brain stroke among Covid survivors.



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