Most patients who survive the severe form of Covid-19 tend to have prolonged symptoms or sequelae of the disease, a condition that has been called long or subacute Covid. This is what preliminary data from studies that are monitoring factors such as mental health, quality of life, physical, financial and cognitive rehabilitation of these people point out.

“We have been suffering from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for over a year and, over time, we have come to realize that, in addition to problems related to transmission, infection and death, Covid-19 can also bring long-term consequences for patients. As these implications are not yet fully understood by scientists, it is very important to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences among researchers from all over the world", said Luiz Eugênio Mello, FAPESP's scientific director, at the opening of the online seminar “Long and post-acute Covid-19”, held in early June. The event is part of the FAPESP Covid-19 Research Webinars series, organized with the support of the Global Research Council (GRC).

At the event, scientists from Brazil and the United States presented preliminary results of studies that are being carried out regarding the prolonged impact of Covid-19.

In Brazil, 882 patients who were hospitalized at the Hospital das Clínicas (HC) of the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP) are having aspects of their post-Covid life monitored by researchers in order to deepen their understanding of the presence of symptoms of the disease six months after hospital discharge. All study participants had the severe form of the disease, and two thirds needed care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).