The world still shakes from the consequences of the notorious coronavirus.
The bad news still comes as scientists now discovered that COVID 19 has many bad effects not only on the lungs and respiratory system but other body organs like the liver, brain, heart, pancreas, and many others also and that it can leave permanent damage to those organs even after recovery from the illness.
Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist, and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, California said in a statement:
“We thought this was only a respiratory virus. Turns out, it goes after the pancreas. It goes after the heart. It goes after the liver, the brain, the kidney, and other organs. We didn’t appreciate that in the beginning.’’
In addition to respiratory distress, patients with COVID-19 can experience blood clotting disorders that can lead to strokes and extreme inflammation that attacks multiple organ systems. The virus can also cause neurological complications that range from headache, dizziness, and loss of taste or smell to seizures and confusion. And recovery can be slow, incomplete, and costly, with a huge impact on the quality of life, Reuters reports.
Dr. Sadiya Khan, a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago said:
“The broad and diverse manifestations of COVID-19 are somewhat unique. With influenza, people with underlying heart conditions are also at higher risk of complications. What is surprising about this virus is the extent of the complications occurring outside the lungs.’’
She also thinks that there will be a massive healthcare expenditure and lifetime burden for people who have survived the sickness.
“It can take up to seven days for every one day that you are hospitalized to recover that type of strength. It’s harder the older you are, and you may never get back to the same level of function,’’ said the doctor.