Authors: Greenhalgh T, Knight M, A’Court C, Buxton M, Husain L

PMID: 32784198 DOI: 10.1136/bmj.m3026


Post-acute covid-19 (“long covid”) seems to be a multisystem disease, sometimes occurring after a relatively mild acute illness.Clinical management requires a whole-patient perspective. This article, intended for primary care clinicians, relates to the patient who has a delayed recovery from an episode of covid-19 that was managed in the community or in a standard hospital ward. Broadly, such patients can be divided into those who may have serious sequelae (such as thromboembolic complications) and those with a non-specific clinical picture, often dominated by fatigue and breathlessness. The specialist rehabilitation needs of a third group, covid-19 patients whose acute illness required intensive care, have been covered elsewhere.

Keywords: Long COVID-19, post-acute COVID-19

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