US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Patients recovering from a new type of coronavirus can suffer from impaired lung function and suffocation when walking fast, the Hong Kong Hospital Department said .
The conclusion is based on a study of the health of a group of 12 recovered patients.
According to Margaret Owen Zeng, the head of the Center for Infectious Diseases of the Princess Hospital, two or three of them are no longer able to do what they could before.
“They suffocate when walking fast. Some patients may experience a decrease in lung function by 20-30 percent,” the South China Morning Post quoted the doctor as saying .
Owen Zeng added that these patients will undergo further examination to determine how much their pulmonary function is weakened. In addition, they will be prescribed physiotherapy to strengthen the lungs.
An analysis of the results of computed tomography of the lungs of nine patients undergoing treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital revealed signs similar to the frosted glass symptom, which indicates damage to internal organs.
At the same time, Owen Zeng added that it remains to be seen what is the long-term effect of the disease.
For example, specialists intend to find out whether Covid-19 can contribute to the development of pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which strips of connective tissue form on the respiratory organs, which interferes with their normal functioning.
The doctor also advised the discharged patients to perform exercises to stimulate the cardiovascular system, such as swimming, to help the lungs recover.
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19 a pandemic. More than 140 thousand people in more than 130 countries are already infected in the world, the majority have recovered, while the number of deaths has exceeded five thousand.
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