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Shaha M, Islam MA, Huq F, Roy B, Kabir MA, Salimullah M, Akbar SM. Clinical Manifestations of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Bangladesh: A 14-day Observational Study. Euroasian J Hepatogastroenterol 2021; 11 (1):14-20.
Objectives: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is currently a significant public health concern and causing a pandemic in the world. Despite immense attention to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), very little attention has been given to the kinetics of disease progression in infected patients. Therefore, in this study, we present a 14-day clinical observation of hospital-admitted COVID-19 patients.
Methods: After recording the demography of 42 COVID-19 patients on day 1, we observed the clinical progression for 14 days by investigating the hematological and biochemical responses of patients’ blood and serum, respectively.
Results: Approximately, 62% of the hospital-admitted COVID-19 patients presented cough, followed by fever (~52%). The top comorbidities of these patients were hypertension (30%) and diabetes mellitus (19%). The average blood hemoglobin (Hb) level was slightly low among the patients in the early days of infection and went up to the normal level on the later days. A substantial increase in the level of ALT or SGPT [up to 106 IU/L; standard error of the mean (SEM): 12.64] and AST or SGOT (up to 64.35 IU/L; SEM: 5.013) in COVID-19 patients was observed, which may suggest that infection with coronavirus is associated with the functionality of other organs of COVID-19 patients.
Conclusion: This 14-day observational study may help clinicians to decide the choice of treatment for COVID-19 patients.
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