Long COVID-19 May Require Hospital Stay, Doctor Says

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  • Covid-19 patient who has been declared cured walk out of the Wisma Atlet RSDC, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The bed occupancy rate (BOR) at the Wisma Atlet RSDC has decreased to 21.9 percent. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    Covid-19 patient who has been declared cured walk out of the Wisma Atlet RSDC, Kemayoran, Jakarta, Wednesday, August 11, 2021. The bed occupancy rate (BOR) at the Wisma Atlet RSDC has decreased to 21.9 percent. ANTARA/M Risyal Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPeople suffering from lingering symptoms of COVID-19, often referred to as “long COVID-19” or “post-COVID syndrome”, may potentially need re-hospitalization if the symptom worsens.

    Indonesian Pulmonologists Association (PDPI) member Erlina Burhan said in a webinar on Thursday there was five percent potential for the symptoms to be progressive. 

    “[Long COVID-19] symptoms are generally mild but there is a five-percent possibility of being progressive, getting severe, and even needing re-hospitalization,” Erlina said.

    The pulmonologist at the Persahabatan Hospital, East Jakarta, who is also a professor at the University of Indonesia’s Medical School (FK UI), said the post-virus syndromes included coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, and body or muscle pain.

    Erlina went on to say that the long symptoms were usually found in hospitalized COVID-19 patients with severe illness. “We rarely find it among asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms,” she added.

    According to Erlina, each patient with long COVID-19 has a different recovery duration. Some may recover within 4-12 weeks, but others may regain health for over 12 weeks or even six months. “However, in most cases, patients recover to normal,” she concluded.

    Read: Health Ministry Reveals Two Factors behind Declining COVID-19 Cases 

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