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Name of Media:

Long COVID: understanding the neurological effects

Author(s):

The Lancet Neurology

Publisher or Source:

The Lancet Neurology

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians,General Public,General Medical Professionals,Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United States of America (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:

Yes

Description:

The concept of so-called long COVID has gained prominence in recent months, with some patients reporting persistent neurological manifestations, from milder symptoms such as headaches, hyposmia, hypo-geusia, and fatigue to more severe conditions including sleep disorders, pain, cognitive impairment, and (in very rare cases) Guillain-Barré syndrome. WHO updated their living guidance for the clinical management of COVID-19 in January, 2021, which now incorporates a new practice statement on caring for patients with persistent, new, or changing symptoms after suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The guidance notes that clini-cal characterisation of long COVID is inadequate and, therefore, further research on long-term sequelae is warranted.

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