What to expect the first time you encounter a patient with ‘long COVID’

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What to expect the first time you encounter a patient with ‘long COVID’

Jo Scott-Jones

Jo Scott-Jones

Symptom clusters in long COVID, based on temporal similarities. Plots show time courses for the symptoms in each cluster (grey lines) and the mean for each cluster (coloured lines)
[Image: Davis HE, et al (EClinicalMedicine 2021;101019), CC BY 4.0]

GP Jo Scott-Jones warns that New Zealanders with long COVID may go unrecognised and unsupported due to the current small number of patients affected. Here’s what you need to know to help ensure that doesn’t happen

Key Points, Approximately 10 per cent of people who encounter the SARS-CoV-2 virus will have “long COVID”. Long COVID has multiple manifestations, the most comm, Pract Green w Pale Yellow
References

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2. Liu B, Jayasundara D, Pye V, et al. Whole of population-based cohort study of recovery time from COVID-19 in New South Wales Australia. Lancet Reg Health West Pac 2021;12:100193.

3. Davis HE, Assaf GS, McCorkell L, et al. Characterizing long COVID in an international cohort: 7 months of symptoms and their impact. EClinicalMedicine 2021;101019: 15 July online.

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