These persistent complaints can occur both in persons who had a mild course of infection and in persons who had to be hospitalized. In most cases, various complaints exist simultaneously, which are recorded during the initial consultation. The decision for further examinations and treatment depends on the extent to which the usual activity, quality of life and independence are restricted by the course of the disease. Furthermore, possible organ damage caused by the infection is specifically investigated within the framework of the physical examination, a blood sample and an evaluation of the physical performance. If necessary, examinations of the lungs, heart, sense of taste and smell or other organs are performed. If there is a suspicion of cognitive or mental impairment, the specialists in the relevant departments are consulted. There is cooperation with the Clinic for Cardiology, Consultant Psychiatry (incl. consultation for chronic fatigue), Infectiology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Internal Medicine and ORL.
Depending on the individual characteristics of the symptoms, a treatment concept is developed together with the patient. This can range from pure self-management to supported rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation measures can include physical and psychosomatic aspects.
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