The Symptoms Experienced by COVID-19 Patients Following the Recovery

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Kaplan A., Kaplan Ö., Çetin Ş.

Journal of General Health Sciences (JGEHES), vol.4, no.2, pp.142-151, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Purpose: Patients discharged after recovering from COVID-19 continue to experience symptoms. To determine and treat the symptoms experienced after COVID-19 disease, the studies should also focus on the post-recovery period. So, this study aims to determine the experienced symptoms by COVID-19 patients after recovery.

Method: This cross-sectional study was conducted with patients who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered in a province in Turkey between April and June 2021. While a total of 1940 people participated in the study by using the random sampling method, which is one of the improbable sampling methods, 1443 people who met the criteria were included. Data were collected with a questionnaire and symptom analysis form prepared by the researchers.

Results: Our analysis showed that 97.7% of people with COVID-19 had experienced at least one symptom. The most common symptoms were fatigue/weakness, bone or joint pain, headache, feeling anxious, forgetfulness, and back pain, Furthermore, it was found that the symptom experienced by individuals after recovery was associated with the number of chronic diseases they had.

Conclusion and Suggestions: It is important to follow up people who have potential risk factors, especially chronic diseases and obesity, in the early period after COVID-19. Also, it is recommended to inform clinician nurses about these symptoms to be able to early diagnosis and manage them.