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Many patients who survive Covid-19 have long-term symptoms, and many suffer from debilitating illnesses.
Doctors say the deadly disease can have a long-term impact on a patient’s health, causing permanent damage to their entire body.
It was previously reported that 75% of patients are still suffering for more than three months, after recovering from “Covid-19”.
Symptoms experienced by those who have recovered include: shortness of breath, muscle pain and excessive fatigue.
The main symptoms of the virus include: a new and continuing cough, high temperature, and loss of taste and smell – but those who have been suffering from “Covid-19” disease for a long time, suffer from a variety of conditions.
The experts noted that psychosis, fatigue, loss of vision and movement, are among the widespread cases that have been identified in those who have previously contracted the virus.
In this regard, Russia Today quoted the “The Sun” website, which listed some long-term effects of the Corona virus:
1- Lung scarring
As many people know, Coronavirus is a respiratory disease that has a major impact on the lungs.
Many Covid-19 patients develop a type of respiratory failure called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which requires patients to receive oxygen through a ventilator.
Previous studies indicate that ARDS can significantly reduce people’s quality of life, even after they recover, because it leaves irreversible scarring in the lungs.
Khalila Gates, a pulmonologist and assistant professor of pulmonary disease, critical care and medical education at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Feinberg, said: “We know about influenza, acute respiratory distress syndrome and other causes of acute respiratory distress syndrome, depending on the severity of the acute disease, there could be Certainly long-term consequences from inflammation and scarring. “
She added that this could lead to “irreversible lung damage and lung weakness that could lead to chronic respiratory symptoms and the long-term need for oxygen.”
2. Liver damage
A study from China previously indicated that many people infected with the Coronavirus can develop liver damage.
The scientists analyzed the blood test results of 34 patients with “Covid-19”, during their stay in the hospital.
Their readings revealed that the recovered patients still had impaired liver function.
This was the case even after two live virus tests were negative, and patients were allowed out.
3. Weakness of the heart
Covid-19 also puts severe pressure on people’s hearts.
Scientists from Harvard University have called the deadly disease “a major stress test for the heart.”
They revealed that the inflammation and high fever caused by the Corona virus weaken the heart and increase the risk of heart disease, such as blood clotting.
Lynn Horowitz, a specialist in internal medicine and lung at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, expects that some people who have had a severe attack of “Covid-19” may develop a heart disorder that affects the rate or rhythm of the heart rate, known as an arrhythmia.
They may also develop congestive heart failure or pericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), he added.
4. Impaired movement
Many Covid-19 patients will be left struggling for cognitive and physical function in the weeks and months after leaving hospital.
This is common in patients who are admitted to intensive care units, because bed rest can cause severe damage to the body and people can experience muscle breakdown quickly, when they are stuck in a hospital bed.
A study from Johns Hopkins University found that every day a person rests in bed, their muscle strength drops from 3% to 11% over the following months and years.
Medics fear the impact of the Coronavirus on mobility will be worse, as recovery programs are not offered in hospitals.
Moreover, Coronavirus patients take a long time to recover – usually around two weeks.
5. Persistent shortness of breath
Doctors say that coronavirus patients are likely to develop persistent shortness of breath, even after they recover.
They say most of those who had severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) experienced shortness of breath for one month after infection – and this is likely to be the same for Covid-19 patients.
Dr. Stephen Burke, executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine at the Texas Health Technology Center, told Fox News: “People with SARS pneumonia have shortness of breath a month after infection. Most patients have improved over time. (ARDS), they have been short of breath for months or a lifetime. “
6. Mental health problems
Psychiatrists say that by looking at past coronaviruses, many Covid-19 patients will likely continue to develop mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
In fact, a study of patients discharged from hospital after contracting SARS found that more than a third of them reported depression and anxiety after 12 months.
“Since the original SARS outbreak in 2003, we see mental illness as the most prominent long-term consequence,” said Dr. Melissa Nolan, an infectious disease expert and professor at the University of South Carolina.
In general, health experts expect that the less inflammation a patient experiences, the fewer long-term effects they have.
And given that “Covid-19” is a new disease, experts are still struggling to understand the disease and the long-term effects that it may have.
Researchers will need to follow patients over time, looking for changes in their hearts, lungs and other major organs, to see if the damage is long-term or if the body is able to recover quickly.
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