Review: Post-Covid Syndrome – A Joint Symposium of the German Centers for Health Research

Researchers from five of the German Centers for Health Research (DZG) met on 31 October in Frankfurt am Main to discuss post-Covid syndrome. It is known that the SARS-CoV-2 virus leaves its mark on many organs: The fact that the cardiovascular system, the respiratory tract, the metabolism, and the nervous system can all remain impaired after a Covid-19 infection presents physicians and scientists from a wide range of specialist field with many answered questions.

Post-Covid syndrome is characterized by exhaustion and fatigue. © marika /


Among other things, the event looked at who is at elevated risk of post-Covid syndrome: for example, a severe acute course or low psychosocial resilience can play a role. A major topic was the pathomechanisms of post-Covid syndrome, i.e., the processes in the body that lead to disease. The researchers spoke of the difficulties in designing clinical studies for post-Covid syndrome with suitable study populations.

The event welcomed scientists from the German Center for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK), the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), and the German Center for Infection Research (DZL).

An overview of the symposiums is available on the specialist portal DocCheck (in German)