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Respiratory signs persist 6 months after hospitalization for COVID-19: survey

March 04, 2021

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Rossavik EB et al. Summary L29. Presented at: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting; February 26 – March 1, 2021 (virtual meeting).

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Rossavik does not report any relevant financial information.

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A survey of patients after hospitalization for COVID-19 found that they still experience shortness of breath, fatigue and other changes in daily life activities for 6 months after discharge.

The most common respiratory symptoms after discharge were fatigue (52.4%); Changes in activities of daily living, such as B. the ability to walk, eat, dress, and complete personal care, which are influenced by the ability to breathe (52.4%); Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (47.6%); and change in smell / taste sensation (42.9%) according to data reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual virtual meeting.

Source: Summary L29 presented on the virtual Annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Other respiratory symptoms were increased mucus production (38.1%), rhinorrhea (28.6%), nasal congestion (28.6%), cough (26.2%), tightness in the chest (23.8%), sneezing (19%), wheezing (16.7%). and sinus pain or pressure (11.9%).

These reported symptoms persisted 5 to 6 months after hospital discharge, according to the researchers.

“There is limited information about post-discharge respiratory symptoms after treatment for the disease, although we are learning more every day,” said Eevar B. Rossavik, DO, resident of the Pediatrics Department at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, during one Presentation of the poster data.

Researchers conducted an ambispective cohort study and telephone interview of 232 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 and discharged home at a tertiary center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from March to August 2020.

The overall response rate was 18.1% (42 of 232 patients; mean age 59.2 years).

Rossavik said it is important to continue follow-up to assess ongoing symptoms after hospitalization for COVID-19.

“These results add to a growing body of literature that influences the monitoring of these patients after infection,” said Rossavik.

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