Patients queuing up with COVID-19 after-effects

Clinics are so swamped with those experiencing long-term effects of the virus that they are struggling to keep up

Breathing issues, memory loss, the loss of the sense of smell and taste, headaches, and concentration difficulties are just some of the long-term symptoms patients have been experiencing following a bout of COVID-19.

In fact, there are so many people saddled with the after-effects that clinics  established nationwide to deal with the issue are finding themselves under significant duress.

“Clearly, we need to look at how to organise this task in the future. It’s a difficult and new territory for all of us,” Ulla Astman, the deputy head of the regional authority Danske Regioner, told DR Nyheder.

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Need more hands
In north Jutland, where the waiting time for help is increasing by the week,  Aalborg University Hospital estimates that it will have to treat double the expected 600 patients in 2021.

Similar clinics in hospitals in Herlev, Aarhus, Odense and Bispebjerg have reported similar developments.

The same can be said for Denmark’s only outpatient clinic treating sense of taste and smell problems in Holstebro.

One of the biggest obstacles at the moment is not a financial one – the state covers the bill – but manpower.