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First guideline for the new disease "Post-Covid" published: This is how the corona episode is officially treated


So far, doctors have lacked guidelines for the treatment of patients who had complaints long after a corona infection. This has an end now.

So far, doctors have lacked guidelines for the treatment of patients who had complaints long after a corona infection.

This has an end now.

Similar to other infectious diseases, there are more and more reports of persistent complaints after an infection with the coronavirus. This emerges from the new guideline "S1 guideline Post-Covid / Long-Covid". This has been valid since July 12, 2021 and was approved by the Working Group of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany. V. published. On the one hand, this includes the definition of the new clinical picture post-Covid. On the other hand, the guideline gives doctors recommendations for action with regard to diagnosis and therapy.

"The guideline is intended as a clinical-practical guide for the diagnosis and treatment of post-Covid or Long-Covid disease

“, The Ärzteblatt quotes Michael Pfeifer, past president of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP), which contributed to the creation of the guideline.

Post-Covid and Long-Covid syndromes are not the same disease


Anyone who suffers from post-Covid syndrome is still ill for more than twelve weeks after being infected with the coronavirus.

According to Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), every tenth corona patient is said to fall ill with post-Covid.

The Long Covid Syndrome, on the other hand, is over sooner.

The following criteria speak in favor of Long-Covid:

  • Four to twelve weeks after a corona infection, those affected still feel sick.

  • New symptoms appear four to twelve weeks after the illness.


If patients complain of complaints long after a corona infection, doctors speak of post-Covid.

© Maurizio Gambarini / dpa

Post-Covid: Guideline as an aid to treating physicians

The new Corona guideline, which was created in cooperation with 14 specialist societies, expert committees and patient associations, is primarily intended to do one thing: "Provide very practical instructions, for therapy and for practice," quoted the BR Professor Rembert Koczulla, Professor of Pneumological Rehabilitation in Marburg, who worked on the guideline.

This is especially important in order

to prevent the risk of chronic disease progression

through a systematic approach in the treatment of post and long Covid


Almost ten percent of the patients are affected by a chronic corona course, quotes the BR Professor Michael Pfeifer, President of the DGP.

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First steps in the care of post-Covid patients

In a first step, the attending physician will always conduct a detailed anamnesis discussion if post-Covid is suspected. According to the guideline, a questionnaire can also be used. "So far there is no scientifically reliable evidence for a specific therapy." Accordingly, the therapy is based on the patient's symptoms.

According to the guideline, so-called olfactory training promises relief for olfactory disorders

. In the case of symptoms that affect the nervous system, the guideline recommends “physical and occupational therapy, neuropsychological and socio-educational support (outpatient remedies). If necessary, an outpatient or inpatient neurorehabilitation (also in the case of cognitive disorders) should be initiated, ”it continues.


To the guideline "S1 guideline Post-COVID / Long-COVID"


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