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When to check after Covid-19? – VnExpress


People who have recovered from Covid-19 have symptoms of fever, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, prolonged cough, heart rhythm disturbances, digestive problems, etc., need to see a doctor soon.

Post-Covid-19 syndrome is a condition that occurs in people who recover within 3 months and whose symptoms persist for at least 2 months, which cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.

Doctor Tran Minh Thao, Deputy Head of the Department of On-Demand Examination, Bach Mai Hospital, said that Covid-19 patients may have sequelae that affect their mental and physical health. Warning signs are low-grade fever, shortness of breath, chest tightness, persistent cough, fatigue, muscle pain, heart rhythm disturbances, digestive disorders, unstable blood pressure, hair loss.

Common sequelae include: Nervous disorders, anxiety, emotionality, difficulty sleeping or sleeping less; heaviness in the head, memory loss; fatigue, cold hands and feet, sweating. More severe damage to the heart and blood vessels, tachycardia, arrhythmia, myocarditis, pericardial effusion, blood clot formation causing coronary occlusion, myocardial infarction and heart failure, blood clotting.. Patients are prone to shortness of breath, shortness of breath, bronchitis, lung…

The high-risk group for post-Covid-19 symptoms are people hospitalized for Covid-19; people with more than 5 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, dizziness, pain…) in the first week of illness; people with underlying diseases, people over 65 years old with Covid-19; people with highly abnormal blood test results (ask a healthcare provider) during the acute phase. Doctors recommend proactively checking your health within the first one to three months after recovering from Covid-19. Particularly for people with underlying diseases, over 60 years old; people with Covid who have been treated in the emergency department, intensive care; People with severe or unusual symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

Assoc. Dr. Hoang Bui Hai, Head of Emergency – Intensive Care Unit, Hanoi Medical University Hospital, said that most Covid-19 patients in the acute phase are mild, after recovering without showing any symptoms. Usually no testing is needed. People who are recovering from a serious illness, whose symptoms continue to be unexplained, need to go to the hospital for tests such as a complete blood count; blood biochemistry including electrolytes, blood urea and blood creatinine, liver function, blood albumin…

Recovery time depends on risk factors for prior illness as well as the severity of the acute phase and symptoms experienced. People with mild disease, the recovery time of symptoms is shorter than about 2 weeks; Severe patients sometimes take two to three months to heal.

When going to the post-Covid-19 examination, patients should bring previous health records, if any, for the doctor’s reference.

Thuy An

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