Post Covid-19 Recovery - Incidence of Pulmonary Sequelae - Hype or Fact?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) announced in March 2020 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the causative agent of COVID-19 identified as the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
Months later, longer-lasting COVID-19 cases started gaining attraction among social support groups, like Long Haul Covid Fighters, Body Politic Covid-19 Support Group. At first, doctors dismissed their concerns as symptoms related to mental health, such as anxiety, in a phenomenon called "medical gaslighting".(1)
Early data suggested a shorter recovery (eg, two weeks) for those with mild disease, and a longer recovery (eg, two to three months or longer) for those with more severe disease.
However, this scenario changed soon. The term long-haul COVID-19 (or post-acute COVID-19) started gaining recognition in the scientific and medical communities(2)