Fast Five Quiz: COVID-Related Conditions

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD; Vecihi Batuman, MD; Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA; Stephen Soreff, MD; Helmi L Lutsep, MD

Disclosures

March 16, 2021

According to guidelines on managing the long-term effects of COVID-19 issued by NICE in December 2020, ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 should be suspected in individuals who present with symptoms 4-12 weeks after the start of acute infection. If the symptoms have not resolved 12 weeks or longer after the start of acute infection, PASC is a possible underlying cause. Patients with new or ongoing symptoms 4 weeks or longer after the start of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be offered blood tests, including a full blood count as well as kidney and liver function, C-reactive protein, ferritin, B-type natriuretic peptide, and thyroid function tests.

The NICE guidelines also recommend against predicting whether a person is likely to develop PASC based on whether they had certain symptoms (or clusters of symptoms) or were hospitalized with acute COVID-19. The guidelines further state that it is not known whether over-the-counter vitamins and supplements are helpful, harmful, or have no effect in the treatment of new or ongoing symptoms of COVID-19.

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