BACKGROUND: The follow-up of recovered COVID-19 patients is still limited . We aimed to evaluate the changes in quality-of-life (QOL) and spirometric alterations in the convalescent phase of 115 patients with at least 30 days post-COVID-19 .
METHODS: We included patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection, available past medical records and at least 30 days after the onset of symptoms . All patients were asked to rate their general health condition before and after COVID-19 using the EQ-5D-5L standardized questionary and perform a spirometry at evaluation .
RESULTS: In this study, that included 70% (81/115) of patients with mild or moderate COVID-19; there was a severe decrease in QOL up to 56% (64/115). Alterations in usual activities and anxiety/depression were present in 59% of patients with a severe decrease in QOL . The persistence of symptoms was present in 63% (72/115). Restrictive lung impairment was the most common spirometric alteration in 17% (20/115), of whom 65% (13/20) had mild COVID-19 .
CONCLUSIONS: Spirometric alterations are presented even in mild COVID-19, and more remarkably, there is a high rate of alterations in quality of life after the recovery of this disease.