About half of the COVID-19 survivors from Bergamo, one of Italy’s coronavirus epicenters, haven’t recovered 6 months on, providing a stark warning of the pandemic’s lingering aftermath
The lingering effects are often forgotten and the long-term effects are unknown. Some people report that their sense of smell has not returned since they recovered six months ago. Some have lung damage which may or may not recover. Some have heart damage which may or may not recover.
This isn’t like a cold that simply goes away. Like many illnesses, there are battle scars. It’s better to not get it.
It’s especially troubling if, as some immunologists predict, there is a spate of new illnesses on the horizon. We’ve already witnessed the intersection between Covid and other maladies that affect breathing and immunity. We also know that Covid does not self immunize. So a nasty case that damages the respiratory system could potentially be a deadly setup for a future infection.
The one-two punch of covid (reduced respiration capacity) and the common cold/flu could lead to repeat hospitalizations.