Common eye problems and dementia after Covid recovery: The Tribune India


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New Delhi, April 16

Shortness of breath, eye problems, muscle weakness, dementia, weight loss, problems concentrating and disrupted sleep cycles have been commonly seen in people months after recovering from coronavirus infection, have said health experts.

Age Range 25-50

Hardest hit by the long Covid

They said that even though Covid cases were plateauing in India, many cases of long Covid were seen with varying symptoms.

Impact of Covid-19

Long Covid also impacts the neurological system, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. — Dr. Rakesh Pandit, doctor in Delhi

There is no official definitive number of long Covid patients. But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), current evidence suggests that around 10-20% of people experience a variety of medium- and long-term effects after recovering from the initial infection.

It is usually seen three months after the onset of Covid infection and lasts for at least two months.

India has recorded the second highest number of Covid cases after the United States. In India, 4,30,40,947 people have contracted the infection and 5,21,747 people have lost their lives due to the disease.

Dr Rakesh Pandit, Senior Consultant and Head of Department of Internal Medicine at Aakash Healthcare, Dwarka, said the 25 to 50 age group has been hardest hit by the long Covid.

“The lungs of those who were on non-invasive ventilation or life support during the waves of Covid now show permanent damage. Long Covid also impacts the neurological system, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, and neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems,” he said.

The doctor said progressive dyspnoea, a condition characterized by shortness of breath, is one of the most typical symptoms of long Covid. —

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