Active Covid cases registered in India have dropped to around 30,000.  (pti file)

Active Covid cases registered in India have dropped to around 30,000. (pti file)

22% of those surveyed by LocalCircles complained of “persistent shortness of breath”. 22% complained of “constant fatigue”. 11% suffer from a “long cold”; 11% suffer from “chronic joint pain”. 11% suffer from chronic chest infection.

A survey conducted by LocalCircles found that at least 56% of residents of Delhi-NCR, who contracted COVID or a viral infection with similar symptoms in the past 45 days, experienced a persistent cough.

On May 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that Covid-19 is no longer a public health emergency, although it remains a global health threat. In mid-April, it added XBB.1.16, nicknamed Arcturus, as an interesting variant. Although active Covid cases registered in India have dropped to around 30,000, one of the problems people have reported is persistent conditions that some continue to experience for several weeks after contracting Covid or the virus.

The highest reports were from residents of Delhi and NCR.

Delhi-NCR had a high prevalence of XBB.1.16 in April and nearly 1 in 2 households surveyed in the third week of April in the LocalCircles survey indicated that one or more individuals had symptoms of Covid.

With long-term symptoms reported in many in the city, LocalCircles conducted a new survey in the first week of May to find out exactly what people were still suffering from in Delhi and the four NCR cities of Gurugram, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad.


“What symptoms does one or more of your family members still have after being infected with COVID/viral in the last 45 days?” the respondents asked. Some of the 10,822 respondents indicated more than one health problem.

The biggest complaint of 56% of the participants was a persistent cough. 22% complained of shortness of breath. 22% from constant fatigue; 11% from lingering cold; 11% of chronic joint pain. 11% from persistent chest infection. and 11% of persistent stuttering. The result of the scan appears to indicate the effect on the lung or respiratory system of the residents of Delhi-NCR.

The key here for affected residents of Delhi is to monitor themselves and if these symptoms persist for more than 30-45 days to consult their doctor and conduct additional tests/investigations.


The survey received more than 10,000 responses from residents of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Faridabad. 64% of the respondents were men, compared to 36% women. The survey was conducted via the LocalCircles platform and all participants were verified citizens and had to register with LocalCircles to participate in this survey.

LocalCircles, a community based social media platform, empowers citizens and small businesses to escalate issues for policy and enforcement interventions and empowers government to create citizen-centered and small business policies.

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