Presentation of COVID 19 Patients: An Experience at Military Hospital Rawalpindi

Fuad Ahmad Siddiqi, Naeem Ul Hassan, Bismillah Sehar, Javed Ahmad Khan, Faryal Asmat

ABSTRACT

Objective: The objective of this study is to document the initial presentation of COVID 19 cases reporting to hospital.
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was carried out at COVID-19 ward of Tertiary care hospital, Rawalpindi from May to June 2020.
Materials and Methods: This study was conducted on 647 patients admitted at COVID-19 ward. Data was collected from the patient’s presenting complaints, history taking, examination, charts, treatment and nursing records. Pattern of clinical presentation was taken as the presenting symptoms and signs of the patients. They were grouped as mild, moderate and severe by chest computed tomography severity score. The data was presented as frequency distribution tables.
Results: Out of 647 patients 84% were male while 16% were females.48.5% of the cases were asymptomatic while 41.5% cases were having symptoms. The most common clinical presentation was fever (38%) followed by dry cough (32.9%), fatigue (31.1%), productive cough (25.3%) and headache (24.7%). Majority of the patients (71.8%) presented with mild severity on HRCT.
Conclusion: This study gives the insight into the clinical picture of the patients presenting with COVID-19. Majority of the patients presented with the mild to moderate severity. Many patients being asymptomatic are overlooked and become carrier for COVID-19 Disease.

Key Words: COVID-19, Disease Severity, Symptoms.

How to cite this: Siddiqui FA, Hassan N, Sehar B, Khan JA, Asmat F. Presentation of COVID 19 Patients: An Experience at Military Hospital Rawalpindi. Life and Science. 2022; 3(2): 65-69.  doi: http://doi.org/10.37185/LnS.1.1.213

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