Study warns of persistent covid underdiagnosis in Catalonia


A study indicates that in Catalonia there are nearly 14,000 recorded cases of persistent covid, but what would they be between 48,000 and 72,000 the people affected and not yet diagnosed for a disease which, moreover, does not yet have a standardized approach throughout the country.

This is the conclusion of a study of the government covid scientific advisory committee, the Multidisciplinary Collaboration Group for Covid Surveillance (in which the Col.legi de Metges and ISGlobal participate) and the experts called for this report.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), persistent covid is the disease contracted by people history of SARS-CoV-2 infection usually in the next three months at the onset of covid-19, with symptoms and effects that last at least two months and it cannot be attributed to another diagnosis.

Common symptoms include, among others, fatigue, shortness of breath and cognitive dysfunction, and usually have a impact in people’s daily activities.

Symptoms may be new after initial recovery from an acute episode of COVID-19 or persist from the acute phase, and They can fluctuate over time.

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According to data extracted from the medical records of first aid, As of November 19, 2022, there were 13,437 people with a persistent covid-19 case in Catalonia.

However, estimates of the covicat workshop, led by ISGlobal – (a center funded by the “la Caixa” Foundation), multiplies this figure.

His “conservative” calculation would amount to approximately 240,000 people in Catalonia who could have developed the covid persists at some point and, among these, between 48,000 and 72,000 people would have suffered associated functional limitations severe forms of the disease (these are the ones that should potentially be able to be diagnosed).

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Priority care for persistent covid is directed from the primary care centers but, except in certain territories where protocols have been planned (Metropolitana Norte and Sur, and Lleida), there is a “lack of standardization of the care pathway”, there is therefore no territorial equity, underlines the report.

Its authors recommend further increase vaccination rates (it was found that reduces the risk of persistent covid), a plan so that professionals health workers diagnose and register cases, strengthen the primary and his coordination with hospitals embrace multidisciplinary care and fund research, among other measures.

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