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Interventional Pulmonologist Dr Sameer Arbat decodes Post-COVID-19 Syndrome

As we enter 2021, most of us have family members or friends who have been infected with COVID-19. Many people who have suffered from COVID-19 have complete recovery after completion of treatment.
But there are increasing numbers of people who continue to experience symptoms after initial recovery. These are the patients who are labelled with Post COVID-19 Syndrome.
It’s not just the severe cases; even people who have had mild version of COVID-19 can experience Post COVID-19 Syndrome. Elderly people and people with underlying serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience Post COVID-19 symptoms, but even young, otherwise healthy people can suffer similar complaints.
You might experience the following symptoms if you have been infected with COVID-19 in the past ?

1. Fatigue or Body ache ? Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 often complain of fatigue, backache, body ache, which might last for few weeks to months.

2. Shortness of Breath is another common complaint after recovery from COVID-19 disease. If this complaint persists for a long time you may need to perform a Pulmonary Function Test or Spirometry? to assess any long-term effect on your breathing capacity.

3. Chronic cough usually lasting for 2-3 weeks is common for most viral infections and subsides with time unless you have history of allergy or acid reflux disease.

4. Chest Pain or palpitations may be experienced in Post COVID-19 syndrome and may require a thorough check up to rule out any cardiac complications.

5. Skin rash or hair loss ? many centres around the world have documented cases of rashes and hair loss amongst patients of COVID-19 after partial or complete recovery.

6. Sleep disturbance ? The clinical course of COVID-19 along with sociological factors such as isolation, fear and stigma of the disease can lead to disturbed sleep and insomnia.

7. Psychiatric symptoms – People who have severe symptoms of COVID-19 often have to be treated in a hospital’s intensive care unit. Simply surviving this experience can make a person more likely to later develop post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression and anxiety.

8. Serious Conditions of Heart can be encountered due to lasting damage to the heart muscle. This may increase the risk of heart failure or other heart complications in the future.

9. Serious Conditions of Lungs include long standing damage to the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. The resulting scar tissue can lead to long-term breathing problems.

10. Serious Conditions of Brain may include strokes, seizures and Guillain-Barre syndrome ? a condition that causes temporary paralysis. COVID-19 may also increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

11. Serious Conditions of Blood Vessels – COVID-19 can make blood cells more likely to clump up and form clots or ins some cases, weaken blood vessels and cause them to leak. Both these conditions can lead to heart attacks and strokes or serious damage to lungs, legs, liver and kidneys.

12. Much is still unknown about how COVID-19 will affect people over time and many health centres are running specialised Post-COVID 19 Clinics for patients who have persistent symptoms or related illnesses after they recover from COVID-19.

It’s important to remember that most people who have COVID-19 recover quickly. But the potentially long-lasting problems from COVID-19 may pose serious threat to your health.

It is advisable to get your regular health check-up done to detect any complications. COVID 19 may stay around for a better part of 2021 and hence it is even more important to reduce the spread of the disease by following precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds and keeping hands clean. 

(Dr Sameer Arbat is an Interventional Pulmonologist at KRIMS Hospital in Nagpur)

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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