COVID 19 long term effects in patients is an issue of concern not yet sufficiently studied. Last September an article published on the CDC website gave an update on the topic (read HERE).

The article says that “CDC is actively working to learn more about the whole range of short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19. As the pandemic unfolds, we are learning that many organs besides the lungs are affected by COVID-19 and there are many ways the infection can affect someone’s health.”

Heart damage also may affect youth

The heart appears to be one of the most organs affected, “Heart damage […] might also explain some frequently reported long-term symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, and heart palpitations. CDC continued “The risk of heart damage may not be limited to older and middle-aged adults. For example, young adults with COVID-19, including athletes, can also suffer from myocarditis. Severe heart damage has occurred in young, healthy people, but is rare. There may be more cases of mild effects of COVID-19 on the heart that can be diagnosed with special imaging tests, including in younger people with mild or minimal symptoms; however, the long-term significance of these mild effects on the heart are unknown. CDC will continue to assess and provide updates as new data emerge.”

COVID 19 long term effects concerns WHO authorities

In this sense, a statement published September 30 by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking in Geneva on Friday during the UN agency’s latest virtual press conference said “Although we’re still learning about the virus, what’s clear is that this is not just a virus that kills people.  To a significant number of people, this virus poses a range of serious long-term effects,[…]”

In the studies that are being carried out, it seems to us of particular importance that they also refer to possible short and long-term effects of asymptomatic patients or those who have had mild symptoms.


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