Coronavirus warning: Expert reveals COVID-19 could permanently damage lungs

Coronavirus warning: Expert reveals COVID-19 could permanently damage lungs

However, there was some light at the end of the tunnel with other experts such as the doctor and medical journalist Dr Christoph Specht who warned about making quick conclusions about lasting damage.

The question of whether the lungs are only temporarily damaged or whether their function is irreversibly restricted, can’t be answered with reliable studies just yet and this is due to the novelty of the virus.

Overall, it is questionable how many corona patients will be affected by consequential damage to the lungs.

The figures from China which were available to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) showed that tissue damage in a large part of the lungs was detected in 14 percent of the patients.

However, since the course of the disease is varied and varies from symptom-free to severe pneumonia with lung failure and death, the RKI warns against making generally valid statements about the typical course of the disease of COVID-19 at this time.

Published at Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 +0000