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Dr Lim Jeong Hoon, Senior Consultant, Division of Rehabilitation Medicine, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH), who runs long COVID clinics at NUH and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), has seen 250 patients since February. His clinics refer patients to occupational therapy, so they can redesign their lives, and physiotherapy, to rebuild strength and functioning, as well as explain long COVID to employers and suggest modifications that can allow patients to continue working. Patients also receive treatment for symptoms or referrals to relevant specialists. Dr Lim said about 60% of long COVID patients recover within a year, but noted that some symptoms such as brain fog and fatigue could incapacitate a patient and affect work performance for some time.
In a related ST report, A/Prof Sophia Archuleta, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, NUH, explained that symptoms of long COVID persist and fluctuate over time. She added that long COVID has also developed in patients who were reinfected with COVID-19, and that vaccination is still the best protection against all COVID-related complications, including long COVID. It was mentioned that Singapore has long COVID clinics at NUH, NTFGH and National Centre for Infectious Diseases.Media ArticlesNUH in the NewsNUHS in the NewsNTFGH in the News