Covid-19 can cause lasting lung damage, despite recovery: Epidemiology Chief

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There is a possibility that Covid-19 may cause lasting lung damage and an infected person may develop other side effects even after recovery, Chief Epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera said.  

He said lung damage is likely as the lung is the organ worst affected by the virus. 

Addressing the media, he said medical experts were yet to identify overall long-lasting effects, that may develop due to COVID-19.    

“It is too early to predict overall side effects that can result from Covid-19 virus infections. However, the lungs of a recovered patient would undergo long-term damage and the person may develop other side effects in future,” Dr. Samaraweera said.

“It is much better for people to remain safe and avoid exposure to the virus by staying vigilant," he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

 

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  • Dr.Siri Friday, 30 October 2020 04:21 PM

    Being so knowledgeable,why did not you advise for a two week whole island lockdown when the very first Brandix Covid 19 case was detected

    bala Friday, 30 October 2020 04:56 PM

    Very well said Dr. Siri. The authorities should have declared a total lock down immediately. Belated and Adhoc measures have made things worse.

    Dasa P Friday, 30 October 2020 05:01 PM

    No worries doc. We have Sudharshani syrap. It will be the main item in export market next year!

    Sunil Friday, 30 October 2020 04:50 PM

    Best is to have a long lockdown until covid is under control (Like what Melbourne did and Sri Lanka did in March). Better halt non urgent development projects and use that funds for those whose jobs/ earnings are affected.

    brainmaster Saturday, 31 October 2020 05:40 PM

    this fact about long lasting lung damages are known since january in advanced countries. In Europe the healing is sometimes combined with a rehabilitation therapy. Here they just "kick" them out of the hospitals, without monitoring the future healing.


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