Post-COVID Issues Could Be Linked To Steroid Usage, Suggests A Survey By AIG Hospitals

Post-COVID Issues Could Be Linked To Steroid Usage, Suggests A Survey By AIG Hospitals

A survey conducted by Hyderabad’s AIG Hospitals suggests that steroids usage could play a role in the prevalence of post COVID syndrome
The survey also provides some clarity on the duration and variety of post-COVID symptomsThe survey also provides some clarity on the duration and variety of post-COVID symptoms
Highlights
  • 40% of respondents are suffering from Post COVID symptoms: Survey
  • 74% of the hospitalised patients received steroids: Survey 
  • Most people experienced Post-COVID symptoms for 1-3 months: Survey

New Delhi: India reported 41,806 fresh cases of COVID-19 on July 14. The active cases went down further to 4,32,041 and now comprise 1.46 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 97.22 per cent. As we clocked over 3 crore COVID recoveries, the incidence of Post-COVID symptoms is noticeably increasing across the country, as per a pan-India online survey conducted by the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology (AIG) Hospitals.

AIG Hospitals, through the survey with nearly 2,000 respondents, revealed that over 40 per cent of COVID recovered patients said that they are still having symptoms, out of which weakness and fatigue were reported the maximum. Could it be due to steroid usage? The survey thinks so, as it also asked the COVID-19 recovered Indians about the usage of steroids in their treatment.

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It was revealed that a staggering 74 per cent of the hospitalised patients received steroids for quicker recovery and 53 per cent of these respondents confirmed that they had post-COVID symptoms.

On the other hand, only 36 per cent of the hospitalised respondents, who were not administered steroids, had post-COVID symptoms, suggesting that steroids increased the chances of complications. Dr. D Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman, AIG Hospitals explains,

We believe there is some correlation between irrational use of steroids and post COVID complications because as per the guidelines, we are supposed to give steroids to only those COVID patients who require Oxygen. Further research will be required to ascertain the steroids.

Many patients also reported newer post COVID symptoms like Insomnia, Neuropsychiatric issues among others. Dr. Reddy explained how this survey can help understand the issue of Post COVID Syndrome.

The study goes on to find out who’s more likely to suffer from post-COVID symptoms – patients who were hospitalised or those who isolated themselves at home.

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Among the patients with post-COVID symptoms, 48 per cent were hospitalised and 37.6 per cent were not, implying that those under hospital care were more likely to suffer from complications post-recovery.

We were seeing many Post-COVID patients in our hospital, and this survey gave us the true picture of this Post-COVID Syndrome. If this is an indication to go by, then we are looking at over 1 crore people in India who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still having certain symptoms, said Dr Reddy.

The survey also provides some clarity on the duration and variety of post-COVID symptoms. While 48 per cent faced symptoms for 1-3 months, the most common symptom was weakness.

To address this pertinent issue of Post-COVID complications, AIG Hospitals also announced the launch of a dedicated Post-COVID Care Clinic in Hyderabad.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

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