Coronavirus Survivors Could Likely Suffer Repercussions For Years

It has been mentioned repeatedly that there is a chance that people who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus could experience a relapse. And the worst part of it, the damage that the initial infection may have left could result in the worst episode for those who were able to survive it.

There are some who may have recovered but are reporting breathlessness, fatigue and body pain months after they were infected. A possible reason for this may have been explained by some small-scale studies done over at Hong Kong and Wuhan, China, revealing how some end up with poorer-functioning lungs, heart and liver. But digging deeper, more serious health-related problems may arise.

In a nutshell, people who have suffered a serious virus such as COVID-19 may need to be extra cautious. Past cases have shown that people's health will severely change moving forward. One can refer to people who were able to survive Sars. A study shows how some ended up dealing with lung infections, higher cholesterol levels and were getting sick more frequently compared to others for as long as 12 years, Bloomberg reported.

"What these chronic issues ultimately look like - and how many patients ultimately experience them - will have huge implications for patients, the doctors who treat them, and the health systems around them," Kimberly Powers, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said.

With limitations in terms of knowledge, equipment and medication, all researchers can do for now is try to gain a better understanding of what the coronavirus may leave to the ones who initially contracted and survived it. So far, the findings are far from comforting with some left with a lung infection and higher cholesterol levels.

"This is so new that I don't think anyone is able to tell what is the percentage of patients who will recover, what is the percentage of patients who will not recover and have long-term sequela," Michelle Biehl, a critical care pulmonary doctor at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said.

Given that a working COVID-19 cure has yet to come out, plans to reopen and allow people to go to work incrementally carries risks. The worst part of it is that initial infection could lead to dire life-changing consequences. These are some of the things agencies and individuals need to consider for now, a reality that they may have to live with if they had already gotten infected by COVID-19. The battle does not end once they recover from it, the scars of which may hold life-changing consequences.

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