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Current global evidence suggests that around 10-20% of people who develop COVID-19 experience a variety of medium- and long-term effects after recovering from their initial illness, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday.

The Union Health Ministry had issued comprehensive national guidelines for post-Covid sequelae management on October 21, 2021, State Minister for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar said in a written response.

“According to the World Health Organization, most people who develop coronavirus make a full recovery, but current global evidence suggests that around 10-20% of people experience a variety of medium- and long-term effects after getting infected. recovered from their original illness,” Pawar said in his response.

Symptoms of Long Covid may include fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, problems with memory, concentration or sleep, persistent cough, chest pain, difficulty speaking, muscle aches, loss of smell or taste, depression or anxiety and fever.

The comprehensive national guidelines for the management of post-Covid sequelae contain detailed advice for physicians on the management of post-COVID complications affecting the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, nephrological, neurological and respiratory systems and the rehabilitation of these complications, a Pawar said.

She was responding to a question about problems that arise over the

term due to COVID-19 and estimates of the number of people with such conditions/symptoms.

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