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

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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