Respiratory Function Can Be Slow to Recover
— Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) September 15, 2020
Health Editor’s Note: As the course of the COVID-19 pandemic has proceeded, doctors are gaining experience in treating this virus and more people are surviving. These patients recover, but that recovery may be long and difficult. Three months after discharge from the hospital 70% continue to have abnormal lung scans as the lungs are still not healed. These patients did not have previous medical conditions with their lungs.
Most of the patients, in the study, who had continuing lung issues after recovery did not have the severe form of COVID-19 and none needed mechanical ventilation. The patients continued to cough, were short of breath, had headache and fatigue and gastrointestinal problems and abnormal CTs of their lungs. Recovery from COVID-19 is not immediate for some and strategies much be worked out to help with those cases. COVID-19 can proceed from acute phase to a chronic phase of the body trying to heal lung damage suffered during the acute phase….Carol
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.