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Increased primary healthcare need for up to six months in children post-COVID-19

Children were relatively spared during the first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). More recently, an increasing number of children are falling ill as a result of the spread of newer variants of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

A new medRxiv * preprint describes the increasing use of primary healthcare among these children even after the acute phase of COVID-19, with pre-schoolers showing the most prolonged rise in primary healthcare visits.

Study: Health care use up to 6 months after COVID-19 in 700.000 children and adolescents: a pre-post study. Image Credit: L Julia / Long-term health care following COVID-19

Adults with COVID-19 are known to present with a wide range of symptoms, the most common of which includes chest tightness, shortness of breath, or cardiac symptoms. These symptoms typically remain evident between 3 and 6 months after the initial infection.

Current research indicates that the persistence in these complaints commonly occurs in adults recovering from severe COVID-19. Still, several other studies have demonstrated that even asymptomatic or mild illness can be followed by long-term complaints.

Together, this points to a significant increase in the utilization of healthcare services by these patients for months after their initial illness. […]

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