30th July 2022, Spectrum Medical Imaging

Up to 31%-69% of COVID-19 survivors will experience long COVID symptoms after initial recovery from SARS-CoV-2 infection [1, 2]. While the initial symptoms of long COVID symptoms include fatigue (29%), muscle pain, palpitations, cognitive impairment (28%), dyspnea (21%), anxiety (27%), chest pain, and arthralgia (18%) [3], in patients experiencing long covid symptoms, fatigue is most prevalent (51%), followed by dyspnoea (35%), arthralgia (25%) and concentration difficulties (25%).

Because Covid-19 is primarily a respiratory virus, the lungs are usually affected more than the other organs. This week we look at a case of severe dyspnoea following severe Covid-19 infection.


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