Doctor Than Manh Hung consults online for sequelae of Covid-19

At 8 pm on March 24, Doctor Than Manh Hung, Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, online consultation about Covid-19 sequelae, what are the symptoms, how to treat, when to contact the doctor…

Readers ask questions here

In the third year of the pandemic, as the number of severe Covid-19 cases and deaths decrease, the world faces another medical challenge, that of sequelae.

Covid sequelae, known in the medical world as Prolonged Covid Syndrome, or Post-Covid Syndrome – is a condition in which a patient has recovered from the acute phase but symptoms persist for more than 4 weeks from the onset of infection. coincide. These symptoms may be present during the acute episode or appear after recovery. All acute Covid-19 patients can develop post-Covid syndrome, ranging from asymptomatic to very severe patients requiring treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU).

Scientists believe that Covid-19 does not attack a specific organ, it leaves biological damage months or even years later. The World Health Organization (WHO), shares the three most common post-Covid-19 symptoms are fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive dysfunction. In addition, the former F0 reported more than 200 health problems such as shortness of breath, cardiovascular disease, mental disorders, hair loss, insomnia, loss of taste, joint pain, dermatitis… Scientists said that “Covid sequelae is the most inexplicable phenomenon of the pandemic”.

In Vietnam, sequelae are identified as one of the central health issues of HCMC in 2022, when more than half a million people have Covid-19, accounting for about 5% of the population. At the Post-Covid Clinic, Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy Hospital, for more than a month, about 4,000 patients came to see the symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, insomnia, hair loss… Gia Dinh People’s Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Rehabilitation and Treatment of Occupational Diseases in January-February received more than 1,000 patients for examination due to post-Covid-19 health problems.

Among patients with Covid-19 who visited Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, 25% reduced their physical activity, and 50-60% of chest computed tomography scans showed abnormal lesions. Thanh Nhan Hospital receives about 100 people every day to examine the sequelae of Covid-19. The majority of patients are over 60 years old, have underlying diseases, a few are very young, common symptoms are fatigue, shortness of breath, shortness of breath, greatly reduced physical strength, loss of concentration, sleep disturbance, some people have trouble sleeping. digestive disorders.

Up to now, the world as well as Vietnam have not had an official protocol to treat the sequelae of Covid. In addition, because Covid-19 is a new disease, there have not been many studies, analyzes and scientific documents on prolonged symptoms.

Many people worry about what to do when there are signs of Covid-19 sequelae, how long the symptoms will last, will they go away naturally or require treatment, when to be hospitalized… Readers’ questions will be answered by Doctor Than Manh Hung, Deputy Head of Emergency Department, Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, in an online consultation on Thursday evening.

Than Manh Hung, Deputy Head of Emergency Department, Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Photo: provided by the doctor



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