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World J Clin Infect Dis. Jan 15, 2021; 11(1): 1-10
Published online Jan 15, 2021. doi: 10.5495/wjcid.v11.i1.1
Life after recovery from SARS, influenza, and Middle East respiratory syndrome: An insight into possible long-term consequences of COVID-19
Amir Masoud Afsahi, Alecio F Lombardi, Sara Valizadeh, Ali Gholamrezanezhad
Amir Masoud Afsahi, Alecio F Lombardi, Department of Radiology, UCSD, La Jolla, CA 92093, United States
Sara Valizadeh, Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 1439955991, Iran
Ali Gholamrezanezhad, Department of Radiology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Los Angeles, CA 90033, United States
Author contributions: Afsahi AM and Lombardi AF equally contributed to conceptualization, data extraction, and drafting; Valizadeh S contributed to data extraction; Gholamrezanezhad A contributed to final and scientific revision.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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Corresponding author: Ali Gholamrezanezhad, MD, Assistant Professor, Doctor, Department of Radiology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, 1975 Zonal Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033, United States.
Received: November 10, 2020
Peer-review started: November 10, 2020
First decision: November 29, 2020
Revised: December 2, 2020
Accepted: December 23, 2020
Article in press: December 23, 2020
Published online: January 15, 2021
Core Tip

Core Tip: As the world now lives more under the acute burden of this pandemic, very soon possible long term and late consequences of this disaster will appear and the globe will be challenged by those little known before and probably unknown complications. These late complications can potentially be due to the disease itself and/or the side effects of medications or medical interventions applied. Our task as health care professionals is to have a high suspicion upon approaching patients with history of this disease. We believe that by reviewing the recent outbreaks' long-term complications, we will have a better understanding of these potential complications.