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07 June 2021: Editorial

Editorial: Long COVID, or Post-COVID Syndrome, and the Global Impact on Health Care

Dinah V. Parums *

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.933446

Med Sci Monit 2021; 27:e933446


ABSTRACT: During 2020, increasing numbers of case reports, case series, and small observational studies reported long-term complications of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in patients who had recovered from acute infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Long COVID has a prevalence of between 10-30% in patients with a recent history of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Pulmonary, hematologic, cardiovascular, neuropsychiatric, renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary, and dermatologic involvement, and chronic multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) highlights the requirement for a multidisciplinary approach to the management of patients with long COVID. This Editorial aims to present the current status of long COVID, or post-COVID syndrome, and its global impact on health and the provision of health care.

Keywords: Editorial, COVID-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2


The clinical manifestations of long COVID and its prevalence in all age groups who initially appear to have recovered from acute SARS-CoV-2 infection are now recognized. However, the effects on society, the economy, and healthcare provision have yet to be realized. There is also concern that in older adults, the symptoms of long COVID are under-reported and may be assumed to be due to age-related comorbidities. Now that SARS-CoV-2 infection and its variants are endemic, and vaccination programs may not be completely effective the diagnosis and management of long COVID is expected to become a global public health priority.


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