“Lungs look worse than those of a smoker” – Wel.nl

Most people recover from the coronavirus without any problems, but some seriously ill corona patients have significant lung damage afterwards. An American trauma surgeon shows on X-rays what ‘post-covid lungs’ sometimes look like. “Worse than smoker’s lungs.”

Texas surgeon Brittany Bankhead-Kendall shows three lung images: that of a healthy person, that of a smoker, and that of a former corona patient. White spots can be seen in the latter. These are ground-glass opacities (GMOs) in which the alveoli swell and fill with inflammatory fluid.

“The lungs of someone who became infected with the corona virus look worse than those of smokers,” says the surgeon. “White spots are clearly visible. Some patients feel good when the photo was taken, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have problems later. ”

They may contract fibrosis, or scar tissue in the lungs, which reduces oxygen absorption, which can lead to complaints such as shortness of breath and fatigue. It may be that corona patients suffer permanent damage after an infection. After the pandemic, how many people are involved must be clear.

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