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Name of Media:

The Post-acute COVID-19 Syndrome (Long COVID)

Author(s):

Issa Al-Jahdhami, Khalid Al-Naamani, and Adhra Al-Mawali

Publisher or Source:

Oman Medical Journal

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

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

Country of Origin:

Oman

Primary Focus of Media:

Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)

COVID-19 Related:

Yes

Description:

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.1 COVID-19 is caused by a novel coronavirus, named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2 or 2019-nCoV). As of 15 November 2020, more than 54 million people have been infected, and more than one million deaths have been reported.2 In Oman, as of 15 November 2020, 118 000 cases have been reported, with 1338 deaths.2 The first two cases were diagnosed on 24 February 2020, in Muscat governorate.3 The acute presentation of a COVID-19 infected patient has been well described in various studies.4 The majority of patients presented with a fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Many papers have described multi-organ involvement.5 The acute illness is mild in the majority of the patients. Even so, around 20% of those infected need hospitalization, and around 5% require critical care with non-invasive or mechanical ventilation.6

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