A few days ago, the World Health Organization expressed its concern about the long-term effects of the coronavirus and the consequences it leaves in patients.
“We begin to see them in heart, lungs, brain or mental health”, assured the technical director, María Van Kerkhove.
A report from the UK’s National Institute of Health confirms Van Kerkhove’s words, ensuring that a common trend among ongoing COVID patients – some of whom have been ill for seven months or more – is that symptoms appear in a physiological area , such as the heart or lungs, and then arise again in a different area, as collected Reuters.
“This review highlights the detrimental physical and psychological impact that the current COVID is having on the lives of many people,” said Dr. Elaine Maxwell, director of the report.
Estimates made by researchers estimate that around 5% of coronavirus patients do not recover in the normal term and maintain symptoms in the long term.
Although not enough is known about these patients yet, observation to date suggests that symptoms may appear cyclically and eventually affect the respiratory system, brain, cardiovascular system, and heart, kidneys, intestine, liver, and the skin.
In addition, patients show a great variety of ages and profiles, which makes it difficult for scientists to try to determine why the coronavirus can last longer in some people.
“Although this is a new disease and we are learning more about its impact, services will have to be better equipped to support people with ongoing COVID, as new evidence is showing that there are significant psychological and social impacts that will have long-term consequences, “ the report concludes.
Another recent post in JAMA Network has compiled what is known so far about the long-term consequences of COVID-19.
Research indicates that the most common symptoms after passing COVID-19 with acute symptoms are fatigue and dyspnea (shortness of breath or shortness of breath). Other common symptoms are joint pain and chest pain.
In addition to these general symptoms, specific organ disorders have also been reported, primarily affecting the heart, lungs, and brain.
The UK review also shows that after-effects have an impact on mental and not just physical health. More and more studies are investigating this aspect of the pandemic and the review published in JAMA claimed that the impact of the disease and the confinement measures on mental health has the potential to cause “a global health crisis.”
In fact, more than half of the people consulted in a survey by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected their mental health, according to the organization.
In Spain, the experts they have estimated what depressive disorders could increase up to 20% in the coming months and years due to the current pandemic of COVID-19 and the social and economic crises that are expected