Evridiki Kampa , Konstantinos Evgenikos , Nikolaos Biagis , Dimitrios Papageorgiou , Dimitrios Alefragkis
Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has infected many people locally, nationally and internationally by rapidly increasing morbidity and mortality rates, significantly disrupting globalization and adversely affecting the quality of life of the global population. Finally, there are reports of persistence of symptoms after recovery from the acute infection forming a new syndrome known as Long Covid.
Aim: The presentation of Long Covid syndrome as well as its characteristics that make it a new challenge for the health sector.
Materials and Methodology: A review of studies and reviews of articles published from 2019 to 2022 in English in the PubMed and Google Scholar databases with the following keywords: “Long Covid”, “Post-Acute COVID 19”, “ Acute COVID-19 ”, “Long term symptoms”.
Results: Long Covid syndrome includes symptoms as well as complications that may be long-term or late that persist or appear 4 weeks after SARS-COV-2 infection. Patients experience a number of symptoms, most notably fatigue, shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, palpitations, headache, weakness, and arthralgia and myalgia. It is considered timely to treat patients with all the strategies of the therapeutic quiver that is constantly evolving.
Conclusions: The burden on Long Covid that the health care map has to face worldwide is enormous because its effects are negative for both the patient and society. Further research into the spectrum called Long Covid is needed to find appropriate and correct coping strategies as this syndrome is expected to become a global public health priority. Finally, emphasis must be given to the rehabilitation of patients.
Keywords: Long Covid, Post-Acute COVID 19, Acute COVID-19, Long term symptoms