Document Type : Original Article


Acharya & BM Reddy College of Pharmacy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.



Background: The global prevalence of lengthy COVID among youth remains unknown, demanding a thorough investigation of symptoms and post-COVID quality of life. The purpose of this study was to identify these symptoms and assess their quality of life.
Methods: A census approach was used to poll 264 people in Bengaluru, India. Demographic information, COVID symptoms, and SF-36 questionnaire responses were gathered. Using ICD-10-CM codes, symptoms were detected, and statistical analyses were done.
Results: Long COVID symptoms were found in 43.2% of subjects, with 23.5% experiencing Ongoing COVID-19 Symptoms (OCS) and 15.9% experiencing post-COVID-19 Syndrome (PCS). Gender differences in symptom patterns were discovered. Males had a higher incidence of pain (p =.0005), whereas females had a higher incidence of hair loss (p = 0.00009), headaches (p = 0.02), and irregular periods (16.2%). The duration of symptoms ranged from less than one month (46.6%) to more than five months (10.2%). In the Quality-of-Life assessment, mental health was the most affected domain.
Conclusion: This study found a considerable prevalence of extended COVID in youth that lasted more than 5 months after recovery. The impact on quality of life is significant, highlighting the critical need for standardized post-COVID care strategies. The findings of this study contribute to a better knowledge of the changing landscape of extended COVID, suggesting sustained attention and specific therapies.


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