Prevalence of long covid-19 syndrome among health care workers of Patan Academy of Health Sciences
Keywords:COVID 19, COVID YRS TOOL, Long COVID.
Introduction: Any symptoms acquired after COVID-19 infection that persists beyond 12 weeks period and not explained by any other disease either already present or acquired after COVID-19 infection is termed as long COVID 19 by World Health Organisation. We tried to find out the prevalence of long COVID 19 in healthcare workers.
Method: Questionnaire was made in google form based on COVID-19 Yorkshire Rehabilitation Screening Tool (COVID YRS Tool). Ethical approval was taken from IRC-PAHS. Data collected from all health care workers of PAHS from 2022/05/20 to 2022/07/20. Difference in Precovid and Postcovid status in different domains were compared by statistical tests.
Result: The median age of our participants was 29 years. Prevalence of Long COVID 19 was 68.1%. 19 55.3% ha mild, 10.4% had moderate, 2.4% had severe symptoms. The most common symptom was fatigue (44%), anxiety (41%) and shortness of breath (36%). The COVID YRS Tool overall score was statically significant with p value <0.001. Pre COVID 19 and Post COVID 19, patients had statically significant in breathlessness, fatigue, nutrition, anxiety, usual activity, pain, anxiety and depression. Only 6% of our patients had severe COVID 19.
Conclusion: People are still experiencing various symptoms after COVID 19 infection. Long COVID 19 has now been a health care problem. Long COVID 19 patients have multisystem involvement and multi speciality team is needed for their management and rehabilitation.