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Egypt: Antibiotic and corticosteroid usage are predictors of severe post-COVID symptoms

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“The predictors of post-COVID symptoms were severe and critical forms of the disease and intake of antibiotics and corticosteroids for treatment of COVID-19.”

Three hundred and ninety-six participants filled in the survey. The mean age of participants was 41.4 years. Most participants had mild to moderate COVID-19 (81.31%). The prevalence of post-COVID-19 symptoms was 87.63%, where the most frequent symptom was fatigue (60.86%). Female sex, the presence of comorbidities, lower degree of education, longer disease duration, as well as severe and critical forms of the disease were significantly associated with the presence of post-COVID symptoms. Using regression analysis, the predictors of post-COVID symptoms were severe and critical forms of the disease and intake of antibiotics and corticosteroids for treatment of COVID-19.

Severe post-COVID symptoms were significantly associated with younger age, female sex, and longer disease duration. The severity of post-COVID symptoms also increased significantly following the use of antibiotics, corticosteroids, and antiviral drugs (P = 0.02, 0.01 and 0.04, respectively).

Preprint: Predictors of post-COVID symptoms in Egyptian patients: Drugs used in COVID-19 treatment are incriminated

 

 

Taking antibiotics 2 years before contracting Covid increases the risk of severity

 

 

 

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