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Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine ; 15(9):400-409, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2080621


Objective: To evaluate long-term effects of COVID-19, and to determine the risk factors in long-COVID in a cohort of the Turkish Thoracic Society (TTS)-TURCOVID multicenter registry. Method(s): Thirteen centers participated with 831 patients;504 patients were enrolled after exclusions. The study was designed in three-steps: (1) Phone questionnaire;(2) retrospective evaluation of the medical records;(3) face-to-face visit. Result(s): In the first step, 93.5% of the patients were hospitalized;61.7% had a history of pneumonia at the time of diagnosis. A total of 27.1% reported clinical symptoms at the end of the first year. Dyspnea (17.00%), fatigue (6.30%), and weakness (5.00%) were the most prevalent long-term symptoms. The incidence of long-term symptoms was increased by 2.91 fold (95% CI 1.04-8.13, P=0.041) in the presence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and by 1.84 fold (95% CI 1.10-3.10, P=0.021) in the presence of pneumonia at initial diagnosis, 3.92 fold (95% Cl 2.29-6.72, P=0.001) of dyspnea and 1.69 fold (95% Cl 1.02-2.80, P=0.040) fatigue persists in the early-post-treatment period and 2.88 fold (95% Cl 1.52-5.46, P=0.001) in the presence of emergency service admission in the post COVID period. In step 2, retrospective analysis of 231 patients revealed that 1.4% of the chest X-rays had not significantly improved at the end of the first year, while computed tomography (CT) scan detected fibrosis in 3.4%. In step 3, 138 (27.4%) patients admitted to face-to-face visit at the end of first year;at least one symptom persisted in 49.27% patients. The most common symptoms were dyspnea (27.60%), psychiatric symptoms (18.10%), and fatigue (17.40%). Thorax CT revealed fibrosis in 2.4% patients. Conclusion(s): COVID-19 symptoms can last for extended lengths of time, and severity of the disease as well as the presence of comorbidities might contribute to increased risk. Long-term clinical issues should be regularly evaluated after COVID-19. Copyright © 2022 Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine Produced by Wolters Kluwer Medknow.

Konuralp Medical Journal ; 12(Special Issue):361-363, 2020.
Article in Turkish | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-1117230


As the chest diseases clinic of Duzce Medical School, we were one of the departments that took an active role in the COVID-19 pandemic. Chest diseases department;It was one of the main branches in the differential diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of COVID-19 cases. In this process, our assistants, who were our hands and arms, were our fighters who were at the forefront of the pandemic process. During the pandemic process, we worked every day with an order consisting of a faculty member and two assistants. We continued our scientific meeting and assistant trainings online so that our training activities are not interrupted. On the one hand, we continued our scientific activities by participating in the studies, planning new research, and writing projects. As a result, when we look back, we have completed this difficult process by further enhancing our sense of solidarity that exists as a department in the pandemic process we experienced for the first time in our lives.

Konuralp Tip Dergisi ; 12(3):394-399, 2020.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1089273


Objective: The SARS-CoV-2 infection outbreak was given the name Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) by the World Health Organization. Meteorological parameters are one of the most important factors affecting infectious diseases. The aim of this study is to analyze the correlation between meteorological parameters and the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: One hundred ninety-seven COVID-19 patients diagnosed and treated in the Turkish province of Duzce between 29.03.2020 and 04.05.2020 were included in this study. Results: We found the relationship between air quality parameters and COVID-19 case numbers revealed significant negative correlation between positive patient number and air temperature, relative humidity, and NO2, and significant positive correlation with air pressure, but no correlation with PM10, PM2.5, SO2, NO, or CO. Conclusions: Our findings are important as a preliminary study, since interactions between air pollutants and meteorological factors may be involved in the transmission and pathogenesis of COVID-19, and large-scale studies should now be designed for a better understanding of these interactions.