Objective: The term post-COVID (coronavirus disease) is used to refer to the presence of prolonged symptoms 12 weeks or more after the disease treatment. This study aimed to evaluate the presence of symptoms and anxiety in patients with COVID-19 who did not require inpatient care at the third and sixth months following symptom onset.
Materials and Methods: The study is a prospective cohort study involving 471 university employees who contracted COVID-19 between October 2020 and October 2021. Data were obtained through the disease contact follow-up program implemented at the university and phone interviews conducted at the third and sixth months from symptom onset.
Results: The study group comprised 361 individuals at three months and 109 at six months from symptom onset. The study found that symptoms persisted in 116 (32.1%) people in the third month and in 47 (13.0%) people in the sixth month. The most common symptoms at three months were shortness of breath, fatigue, and fatigue, while fatigue, fatigue, and shortness of breath were the most common symptoms at six months.
Conclusion: Understanding the long-term effects of coronavirus will enhance the management of the disease. As a result, the follow-up of symptomatic COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 patients will become more systematic and effective.