Coronavirus: what are the consequences?


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In a notice published on July 15, the Academy of Medicine drew up a list of the sequelae caused by the new coronavirus.

As the weeks go by, knowledge about the Covid-19 improves. On Wednesday July 15, the Academy of Medicine published a notice listing the consequences that the virus can leave.

The experts distinguish in a first group “organic attacks of the acute phase”, “not or little reversible”. They evoke respiratory damage, the lung being the organ most frequently affected during the acute phase of the disease. “Pulmonary interstitial fibrosis is the frequent consequence of respiratory distress observed in the acute phase of the disease. (…) It is characterized by a progressive decline in respiratory function, an extension of the lesions visible on the thoracic tomography, increased sensitivity respiratory infections. Even a low degree of residual fibrosis can increase mortality in the elderly. “

The opinion also reports cardiac damage such as inflammatory myocarditis, myocardial infarction or even right ventricular failure. Kidney damage, as well as direct or indirect damage to the central nervous system, is also cited.

The Academy of Medicine then distinguishes a second group of sequelae, complex disorders “badly labeled”, occurring “a few weeks after recovery” and “whose origin and fate remain unknown”. “It has been observed that patients who have apparently emerged from the acute episode require prolonged convalescence or complain of new symptoms after a period of remission. The initial infection was often short and healed spontaneously. (…) disorders complained of by these subjects are general malaise, muscle pain, arthralgia, fatigue at the slightest physical or intellectual effort, memory loss and, sometimes, bouts of tachycardia. (…) These disorders are most often episodic, but sometimes have a prolonged nature. Treatment is difficult, apart from the prescription of paracetamol, psychological support and the correction of possible undernutrition by a dietitian “.

Finally, third and last category: psychic sequelae are to be feared among patients, caregivers and victims of confinement.

In order to treat these sequelae, the National Academy of Medicine recommends the resumption of physical activity, vigilance as to the functional quality of the organs most often affected or measures concerning the organization of work in hospitals and nursing homes. .

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