A recent study found that a third of coronavirus patients suffered damage to multiple organs in the body 5 months after infection.
Examinations of those infected showed higher rates of damage to the lungs, brain, and kidneys, and the extent of the impact on these organs was linked to the severity of the infection, age, and other diseases in the body.
“People with more than two affected organs were four times more likely to report severe and very severe mental and physical impairment,” said Dr. Betty Raman, who led the study.
Tanisha Dissanayake, the former tennis player who was forced to retire due to the Corona virus, told the British network “Sky News” that she is happy that people are starting to understand “the true horrific nature of this disease.”
“I was also suffering from problems in multiple organs such as the heart, liver, lungs and uterus, all caused by long Covid,” she said.
Margaret O’Hara, one of the founding trustees of the “Long Covid Suppor” organization, said that the results confirm the evidence that the Corona virus causes damage to a large number of organs and systems in the body.
She added: “It is now quite clear that it is not just a respiratory virus, and that it causes long-term harm to individuals’ health.”
Participants were recruited at 13 sites in the UK, and had MRI scans covering the heart, brain, lungs, liver and kidneys an average of five months after leaving hospital.
The research confirmed that multiple organ damage was more likely in patients who reported severe effects on their physical and mental health after Covid.
“Our findings also highlight the need for long-term multidisciplinary follow-up services focusing on lung, kidney, brain and mental health,” Raman said.
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