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M. Jaber H, Abusamak M, N.Obeid S, Heissat N, Qashou' R, AB Shtaiyat M, et al . Prevalence of Persisting and New Symptoms Following Recovery from COVID-19 in the Jordanian Population. Med J Islam Repub Iran 2023; 37 (1) :825-833
URL: http://mjiri.iums.ac.ir/article-1-8789-en.html
Department of Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Al-Balqa Applied University, As-Salt, Jordan , hjaber@bau.edu.jo
Abstract:   (424 Views)
Background: Many patients do not have a clear idea about the recovery from COVID-19 infection. This study focuses on the prevalence of persistent symptoms of COVID-19 infection as well as new symptoms that appear after recovery, and it aids in determining the relationships between these symptoms and a variety of variables.
   Methods: An online observational study was conducted between April and June 2022. It consisted of a self-administered web-based questionnaire conducted using social media platforms. Inclusion criteria were residency in Jordan, being 18 years of age or older, having recovered from COVID-19 for at least 90 days, and giving consent to participate. Participants whose infection was not confirmed by a positive PCR were excluded.
   Results: The most common persistent symptoms were loss of smell (34.7%), fatigue (34.6%), loss of taste (29.5%), myalgia (26.3%), and headache (25.9%), while the most common newly appearing symptoms after recovery were smell hallucinations (15.8%), fatigue (15.5%), taste hallucinations (14.9%), and focus impairment (12.9%) and smell impairment (12.8%). The symptoms persisted more in females, non-smokers, and those who needed medical care sor oxygesnation and with increased infection duration.
   Conclusion: The study about persistent and new symptoms after COVID-19 among Jordanians found a greater prevalence of symptoms related to the sense of smell. There is no association between persistent and new symptoms after COVID-19 recovery with comorbidities or oxygen therapy during illness. We recommend studying the effect of COVID-19 mutants and vaccination on the persistence of symptoms after recovery.

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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: COVID 19

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