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Updated recommendations on the long-term effects of COVID-19

The Danish Health Authority has just released the third edition of its recommendations for the management and professional treatment of patients with the long-term sequelae of COVID-19.

10 DEC 2021

The report contains recommendations on how best to treat patients with long-term effects of COVID-19 in the healthcare system – including how to manage treatment and what professional care to deploy in general practice, hospitals, and municipalities.

"The most important thing is to take your patients' symptoms as your starting point and how these symptoms affect them in their everyday life. Depending on how complex the symptoms are, how severely the patient is affected, and how long the symptoms have lasted, the patient will be treated by his or her general practitioner or at the hospital. The municipalities have a responsibility to offer rehabilitation if needed," says Head of Section Line Riddersholm.

The Danish Health Authority has updated its review of all available literature to track current knowledge on long-term symptoms/effects of COVID-19, including frequency and severity.

"In Denmark as well as abroad, there is a lot of research into the long-term effects of COVID-19. The updated report contains in-depth descriptions of selected symptoms. One of the positive results is that we now have more knowledge about long-term effects in children and that it transpires that only a small group of children experience long-effects of COVID-19," says Line Riddersholm.

The recommendations are primarily targeted at professionals, healthcare professionals and administrative staff, including managers.

What's new in the third edition

  • An updated, systematic review of all relevant literature, focusing on neurological, respiratory, psychological symptoms and long-term effects in children (< 18 years)
  • Clarification of the target group
  • Updated section on the municipality's tasks
  • A detailed section on the investigation and treatment of long-term effects in general practice
  • Update of the section on professional healthcare efforts