The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said there is no treatment for the post-Covid-19 condition, also known as long Covid, where patients who have healed from the disease develop some symptoms afterwards.
Health experts are, therefore, reiterating the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent infection, hospitalisation or death from the coronavirus.
Speaking on WHO’s Science in 5 programme on Covid-19, head of clinical care within WHO emergencies programmes, Dr Janet Diaz, said there are more than 200 symptoms of the post-Covid-19 condition that have been recorded, with shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction of brain and fatigue the most common.
Other symptoms that patients may experience include chest pain, trouble speaking, anxiety, depression, muscle aches, fever, loss of sense of smell and taste. Said, Dr Diaz:
It is still not clear how long these conditions last but it’s been described as lasting between three and six months, and potentially up to nine months. We are still one year and half into the pandemic and there are still more studies that need to be done to follow patients who develop post covid-19 conditions and to see how they do.
She said any person who develops post-Covid-19 conditions should go and seek care from primary care providers, relevant specialists, rehabilitation professionals, social care workers, psychosocial professionals and mental health care professionals. Added Dr Diaz:
That’s the type of care people with post Covid-19 conditions should receive. With regards to specific treatment we don’t yet have one and the reason is we don’t yet understand why this develops so as we are learning more about the actual reason or mechanism of the disease, we hope to have specific treatment.
Dr Diaz added that there is still a lot to learn about the impacts of vaccination and post Covid-19 condition adding that it is apparent that preventing Covid-19 is the best way to prevent the post-Covid-19 condition.
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