Patients who recovered from Covid-19 reportedly found to have lung damages.
In an investigative study conducted by Chinese doctors, it is revealed that around 90% of Covid-19 recovered patients are having complaints of lung damages and atleast 5% are in quarantine due to second wave of infections.
A team lead by Peng Zhiyong from Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University have been conducting the study. They are doing a follow up check with recovered patients. The first phase of patients included 100 recovered cases. The impact of the infection is still around with patients showing vital signs of non recovery stage with patients reportedly having lungs still in damaged stage.
Their gas exchange chambers and ventilators are not as normal as that of a healthy person, a state run media reports. In Peng’s live testing, patients were not able to walk with a normal standard pace as a healthy person could, which means their ability to capitalize on energy levels seems quite low.
Some patients are still on oxygen supply even after months of recovery says Liang Tengxiaom, a doctor from Beijing University of Medicine said, ”In patients above age 65, gradually the immune power has disappeared in 10% of patients while 5% of them had to be quarantined for testing positive for immunoglobulin (IgM) tests. Though they tested for COVID 19 nucleic acid test.”
Immunoglobulin or IgM is the first antibody produced when a virus attacks. Since these patients have tested positive, it means that they have been infected by the virus again. However, it is yet to be clarified whether they have been possibly infected by COVID 19 again.
The recovered patients also show low level of B cells which is responsible to kill the virus while they were showing high level of T cells which can recognize the viral antigens around an infected cell.
Hence, according to Peng, they are yet to recover from the infection. Internal media sources reports that only a few have returned to work and are facing depression and social stigma with their own family members hesitant to dine with them.
Covid-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China with the highest number of infection in the city totaling upto 68,138 cases.