COVID-19 disease, although it appeared at this time a year ago, is full of mysteries and manifestations that we do not yet fully understand. And this also applies to the long-term manifestations of the disease in the body. As a result, they can also be serious.
Healthy and young, but with persistent COVID
Young people who are healthy before COVID-19, but have long-lasting symptoms, have extensive organ damage four months after the infection started, according to The Guardian.
Yesterday the UK National Health Service (NHS) announced that it will create a network of 40 specialist clinics for patients with persistent COVID-19, where doctors will assess not only the physical but also psychological symptoms of patients. It is estimated that there are 60,000 patients with long-term symptoms in the UK alone. The most common symptoms of this include fatigue and numbness of the mind, shortness of breath, or pain in the organs.
The goal of establishing clinics and patient studies is to evaluate the long-term health effects of COVID-19. About 500 “low-risk” people, young people with no serious health problems, will also receive an MRI, blood and physical tests, and an online questionnaire.
However, preliminary data from 200 patients show that almost 70% have one or more organs, including the heart, lungs, liver and pancreas, four months after the development of COVID-19.
“The good news, however, is that the damage is minor, but according to conservative estimates, 25% of people have two or more organs damaged,The associate professor says Amitava Banerjee z University College London Hospitals.
The organs associate with the symptoms
Doctors need to know if these injuries are progressing or improving over time, so they need to be closely monitored. Sometimes, doctors have found a correlation between symptoms and a damaged organ. Heart and lung diseases are associated with dyspnea, while liver and pancreatic diseases are associated with gastrointestinal symptoms.
However, research does not show that organ damage is the cause of persistent symptoms and it should be noted that the data have not yet been reviewed.
Banerjee also points out that patients were not controlled before the development of COVID-19, so organ damage could have started earlier, even considering the average age of the 44-year-old participants, which is less.
The first results show that 60% have abnormalities in the lungs, 29% in the kidneys, 26% in the heart and 10% in the liver. There have also been changes in brain tissue.
Doctors will compare the data with people who have overcome other illnesses, such as the flu, to better draw conclusions.