The United Nations Organization warns about the post-COVID syndrome, and also recalls that reinfection is “a reality” for some patients.
What is known about these two dangers that the UN focused on? That’s how the authorities respond.
Despite the development of COVID-19 vaccines and the hope of ending the pandemic, there are still doubts and risks, and not only for people who have not been infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus, but also for those who have already had the disease.
On the one hand, there are symptoms that persist after the course of the disease and, in addition, there is the possibility of reinfection, the UN warned in a statement and urged to take special measures to “avoid the risk of long-term problems.”
What does the United Nations refer to? The prolonged COVID, which already has a code in the International Classification of Diseases and which has been designated post-COVID syndrome, as reported by the leading epidemiologist of the World Health Organization (WHO), María Van Kerkhove.
What is post-COVID syndrome?
COVID-19 “is not just a two-week respiratory illness, it seems to persist for months. We are working with many groups of patients and with many different researchers to really better understand what is happening. We have met with these patient groups and they have told us that what they need is the recognition that this is something real,” warned Van Kerkhove during the Organization’s bi-weekly conference.
In this sense, she argued that it is necessary to understand the scope of the syndrome and establish rehabilitation protocols. “We are working with physicians to better design and work on the rehabilitation of people with this to ensure we provide the best possible care, so we have a lot to learn in this area,” she added.
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The UN had already reported on prolonged COVID-19 and reported that the respiratory illness can persist for months and affect many organ systems. On October 12, the UN issued a statement in which it reported that some patients begin to present symptoms of prolonged COVID.
What doctors began to notice is that certain patients, months after recovering from a COVID-19 infection – in some cases mild, in others severe, says the body – continue to suffer symptoms such as fatigue, pain and breathing difficulties.
What are the chances of getting reinfected?
In addition to the post-COVID syndrome, the UN authorities stressed that it should not be forgotten that there is always the risk of reinfection with COVID-19.
“This has been detected in several countries that have good laboratory systems and have been able to sequence the first and second infections, and can say that there is a difference in that virus,” Van Kerkhove explained.
Although she clarified that so far the number of reinfections is not very high, she did say “it is a reality” and action must be taken on it.
Meanwhile, the UN is “working with countries to help them better define and differentiate what a reinfection is and to help them see how often it occurs,” she stressed.