Last Friday 29th September, the eleventh edition of the European Researchers’ Night took place in the Arenal Square in Jerez de la Frontera. This event brought together more than 400 researchers from the University of Cadiz in order to bring their work closer to society, through workshops, experiments, routes, micro-meetings and scientific tastings.
The Pain Observatory was present once again this year, presenting the workshop “What happened after COVID?” In this activity we wanted to inform the public about the post-COVID syndrome and the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle in the recovery of patients. In addition, we presented our COVIDReApp project, through which we are evaluating the effectiveness of a physical activity programme adapted to people with post-COVID syndrome by means of a mobile application.
To do this, we carried out a Quiz, in order to find out what they knew about this disease. Participants showed a significant level of ignorance of the disease. Only 40% of those interviewed passed the questionnaire, with an average score of 4.17 out of 10 points.
Many of the participants were astonished to learn that between 10 and 20% of people with COVID-19 go on to develop post-COVID syndrome, and that there are more than 200 recognised symptoms of this disease, including cognitive problems. They also did not know that most of those affected are women between 35 and 50 years of age, and that physical exercise is not recommended for those who also suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome.
In addition, we had the collaboration of members of the LongCovidAndalucía Association from the province of Cádiz, including Mar Racero, president of this organisation and spokesperson of the national platform of associations of persistent Covid patients LongCovid ACTS. Both the representative of the association and the other members gave informative talks to the attendees, conveying the repercussions that the consequences of this disease are having.