Taichung VGH Finds Success Treating Long COVID 「長新冠」症狀 常見注意力不集中.吸呼困難

Taichung reported 7,734 new domestic cases in Taiwan on June 12, the highest in Taiwan. Meanwhile, more and more Taichung residents are seeking help for long COVID symptoms including brain fog and respiratory issues.


Taichung Veterans General Hospital has treated 20 long COVID cases in the past three months. All of the patients were six months removed from having COVID-19. Some reported brain fog, while others were dealing with respiratory issues. Most showed improvement with integrative treatment after two or three appointments.

Liu Po-yu, Infectious Diseases Chief, Taichung Veterans General Hospital: “You feel like you can't focus and you're burned out. This affects your work, your family and your interpersonal relationships. If your primary symptoms are respiratory issues, exercising can be a challenge as well.”

Long COVID refers to long-term consequences after recovery from the initial infection, with symptoms ranging from anxiety, depression, insomnia, brain fog and cognitive dysfunction to respiratory issues, pulmonary fibrosis, arrhythmia, and multisystem inflammation. Taichung reported 7,734 new domestic cases on the 12th, the highest in Taiwan. There are 15 hospitals in the city with long COVID clinics. One official expects the number of long COVID cases to peak in July or August.

Tseng Tzu-chan (June 12, 2022), Director, Health Bureau, Taichung City: “The number of cases will probably peak in July or August. We hope people can remain careful even after they are no longer infected.”

The health bureau says 599 of Taichung's 1,378 COVID-19 beds are currently occupied. However, only nine and five of the city's 109 adults and 23 children's ICU beds are available, respectively. With medical capacity on the verge of collapse, officials are calling on everyone to remain careful and vigilant.

 

 

 

台中榮總統計,近3個月來,有20位確診解隔後在半年內出現長新冠症狀的患者上門求助,他們多半有注意力不集中、以及呼吸困難的情形,但經過整合跨科別醫師用藥之後,約兩三次門診過後,就有明顯改善。

台中榮總感染科主任劉伯瑜指出:「以注意力不集中、容易倦怠來講,那就會影響到自己的工作、家庭跟人際關係。如果是以呼吸系統為主的症狀,對於運動及活動,就會比較有呼吸困難的情形。」

依照衛福部定義,所謂長新冠,又稱為COVID-19急性感染後症候群,包含有焦慮、憂鬱、失眠等,以及注意力不集中、認知功能障礙、呼吸困難肺部纖維化、心悸胸痛、多系統發炎等症狀。由於中部持續在疫情高峰,台中12日本土確診7734例依舊為全國最高,共有15家醫院開設長新冠整合門診,台中市衛生局也示警,預計長新冠求診人數到七八月會達到高峰。

台中市衛生局長曾梓展說:「未來這樣的人可能會蠻多的,預計可能到七八月會達到高峰期,我們希望說民眾在感染過新冠以後,也不要掉以輕心。」

衛生局強調,台中市專責病床1378床有599床可用,其中成人加護病房109床剩9張空床,兒童23床剩5張空床,醫療量能依舊緊繃,呼籲民眾持續掌握自身健康狀況,不可大意。

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