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Permanent Lung and Heart Damage in Covid-19 Survivors

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JoeBidensDisintegratingBrain Sun 19-Apr-20 10:24:15

This should be another consideration in deciding when to lift the lock downs.

From what I've read most people who survive covid-19 will have no lasting damage. People who become critically ill, however, as Boris did, often incur irreversible damage to the lungs, heart, and nervous system.

Lung function can apparently be reduced by 20-30%, leaving people out of breath after a brisk walk. An athlete, soldier, police officer, or fire fighter so effected could kiss their careers goodbye.

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lubeybooby Sun 19-Apr-20 10:25:42

what is the source of this information please?

JoeBidensDisintegratingBrain Sun 19-Apr-20 10:29:53

If you Google it you'll find the info. I would have posted links but I don't know how to on my phone.

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Gingernaut Sun 19-Apr-20 10:32:55

Quite possibly a combination of the disease and the effects of the ventilators.

midgebabe Sun 19-Apr-20 10:40:13

Ventilation always is a risk I understand

midgebabe Sun 19-Apr-20 10:41:12

Sorry meant to add that risk is part of the analysis that doctors do before recommending treatment , after all many people with some damaged organs can live long productive and happy lives

buttermilkwaffles Sun 19-Apr-20 11:45:11

Another article on this:

puffinandkoala Sun 19-Apr-20 12:21:24

This isn't news, this was being said right at the beginning of the outbreak in the UK. The only upside is that smokers have very damaged lungs, but they repair themselves very quickly when they give up smoking for good, so maybe the lungs will recover from covid in time, too.

longearedbat Sun 19-Apr-20 12:39:44

It's early days. Who is to say that damaged lungs won't regain full function with time?

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sun 19-Apr-20 12:47:51

It's very early days. We didn't know this virus existed in December.

A friend of ours who is a doctor says the kidneys and liver, amongst other organs, can all be damaged by the virus, so she recommends not drinking alcohol for a while after the symptoms ease to give the liver the best chance of recovery.

Not all sufferers are getting respiratory symptoms. Some are having gastrointestinal problems.

Nobody knows whether we can be sure that sufferers are immune to it, and if so for how long.

So many unknowns.

JackJackIncredible Sun 19-Apr-20 14:05:18

Lungs can - and do - recover. It can take up to a year. We don’t know enough about this virus to know if it permanently leaves lung damage.

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