October 20, 2021

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WHO’s definition of post-Covid condition issued

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WHO’s definition of post-Covid condition issued
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WHO’s definition of post-Covid condition issued
WHO’s definition of post-Covid condition issued

NEW DELHI: To ensure affected patients get better care, the World Health Organisation has come up with a ‘clinical case definition’ of ‘post-Covid condition’, stating that it occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed SARS CoV-2 infection, usually three months from its onset with symptoms, lasts for at least two months, and cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis.
“Common symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive dysfunction but also others and generally have an impact on everyday functioning,” the definition states. “Symptoms may be new onset following initial recovery from an acute Covid-19 episode or persist from the initial illness. Symptoms may also fluctuate or relapse over time,” it adds.
The WHO makes it clear that a separate definition may be applicable for children.
This definition is being cited by WHO as a first necessary step to optimise the recognition and care of persons experiencing ‘post Covid-19 condition’ in community and healthcare settings. The definition covers 12 domains, including the sequelae of well-described Covid complications like stroke and heart attack.
The WHO report also states that no minimal number of symptoms are required for diagnosis. It puts out a full list of described symptoms included in the survey. These range from abdominal pain, menstrual and period problems, anxiety, depression to chest pain, cough, new onset of allergies, intermittent fever and sleep disorders among others.
Over the course of the pandemic, various terminologies including ‘long Covid’, ‘long-haul Covid’ or the WHO-defined ‘post Covid-19 condition’ have been proposed. Still, a globally standardised clinical case definition of this condition is lacking. Now, this definition seeks to fill that gap in an evolving situation.
As of August 2021, over 210 million confirmed cases of Covid and more than 4.4 million deaths have been reported to the WHO. “Most patients with Covid-19 return to baseline after acute infection with SARS-CoV-2, but a proportion report ongoing health issues,” it stated.

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