New Delhi, June 5
The war against the coronavirus is not over for many in Delhi even after they defeated the deadly disease in initial battles. According to doctors, the number of patients with serious post-Covid complications in the outpatient departments (OPD) of the national capital’s hospitals is increasing alarmingly.
Doctors are now handling 25-30 patients with post-Covid complications in the OPDs daily, and the symptoms are far more serious than those reported in the first wave. Patients are requiring oxygen support several weeks after recovering from the infection; last year, the most common symptom was fatigue.
Dr Vivek Nangia, Head of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Max Hospital, Saket, said: “70-80% of our OPDs are flooded with post-Covid patients. Classically, we see lung fibrosis in patients who are over 65 or have been smokers but this time, because middle-aged people, younger patients, and even children were admitted in larger numbers, we have patients who are on oxygen support even after discharge; we have had to send them home with oxygen onflow.”
Covid-recovered patients are reporting high-grade fever months after recovering, doctors say.
Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant of Internal Medicine at Indraprastha Apollo hospital, said, “We are seeing a lot of patients with persistent high-grade fever even in the 3rd and 4th-week post-recovery. Fever was there in the first wave also but this time it’s much higher. Steroids have also been used this time, so we are perplexed whether this is just inflammation or due to secondary infections. Apart from Mucormycosis (Black Fungus), we are also seeing lung fungal infections and bacterial infections. There are far more infections this time than the first wave. 80% of our recent hospitalisations have been for post-Covid.”
For some patients, the post-Covid symptoms were so severe that they had to be admitted into intensive care again.
(Story sourced through agencies.)