90% of recovered Covid-19 patients in Wuhan still have damaged lungs

Henrietta Strickland
August 9, 2020

After recovering from COVID-19, some of the patients come to doctors with reduced heart function and heart attack or even stroke, Dr Yatin Mehta, critical care specialist at Medanta Hospital, was quoted as saying in a Hindustan Times report.

The team, Peng Zhiyong, the director of Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, has been conducting follow-ups of the recovered patients since April.

The recovered patients could hardly walk 400 meters in six minutes, while their healthy peers could walk over 500 meters in the same duration. The average age of his volunteers was 69. Five per cent of them received negative results in COVID-19 nucleic acid tests but positive results in Immunoglobulin M (IgM) tests, and thus have to be quarantined again, the report said.

In 10% of these recovered patients, the antibodies against the novel coronavirus have disappeared.

The recovered patients' immune system hasn't completely recovered as they revealed low B cell levels. The patients also suffered depression and a sense of stigma. As per the Global Times, the patients claimed that their family members are still not comfortable to sit with them for a meal.

Some recovered patients are also coming back to hospitals with complaints of lung diseases - from fibrosis (formation of hard fibrous tissues as the lung heals from an injury) to secondary infections and pneumonia, said the report citing Dr Sandeep Jain, head of the department of emergency medicine at Max Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi.

The findings of the study are significant since the coronavirus first emerged in the Wuhan city of China.

Wuhan, which is the capital of Hubei province, where the virus outbreak first started when it began in December 2019. China reported 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, including 22 locally-transmitted cases, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Wednesday.

The WHO has reported 88,804 cases in China and 4,684 deaths.

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