There are many people who suffer from aftereffects such as coughing that does not stop even after treatment for COVID-19 is finished.
The government will start a large-scale investigation from the end of next month to determine the reality of the aftereffects of the so-called ‘long covid’.
This is reporter Kim Tae-hyung.
[코로나19 후유증 환자 : 자꾸 옆에서 숨을 헐떡거린다고 그래서 와봤어요. 코로나19 때문에 그런 건지. 코로나19 이후 그런 거니까.]
shortness of breath. There are about 200 symptoms of Long Covid, such as cough, headache, fatigue, and hair loss.
However, the medical community has not yet figured out the exact reality.
The National Institutes of Health, affiliated with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, open an open call for a ‘corona 19 sequelae research project’ and will begin full-scale research from the end of next month.
A total of KRW 21.6 billion will be invested over 4 years, including KRW 10.3 billion for clinical trials and KRW 2.1 billion for big data.
The subject is 10,000 confirmed cases, including children, and will be followed up for up to 3 years.
The goal is to analyze the sequelae pattern through the investigation and to find out risk factors such as underlying diseases that affect it.
Through this, we plan to prepare guidelines for the management of sequelae and to use them in future infectious diseases.
Long covid is defined as a case that begins within 3 months of the onset of COVID-19, has symptoms for at least 2 months, and is not explained by another diagnosis.
Usually, sequelae recover in a short time, but about 20% of patients are said to experience symptoms in the mid- to long-term.
As the cumulative number of COVID-19 infections exceeds 10 million, the number of people complaining of pain has increased, raising the need for systematic research.
This is YTN Kim Tae-hyun.
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