COVID-19 survivors could suffer severe health effects for years

Koon Yew Yin 28 June 2020 

The chart below shows the number of new Covid 19 cases is still spiking up daily around the world. The US is also reporting larger number of new cases every day in the last few days.    

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Currently there 9.94 million Covid 19 cases in the world, 5.01 million recovered and 497 deaths. US has 2.56 million cases, 783,000 recovered and 127,000 deaths. 

More than five million people around the world have been deemed recovered from the coronavirus, but beating the initial sickness may be just the first of many battles for those who have survived.

Some recovered patients report breathlessness, fatigue and body pain months after first becoming infected. Small-scale studies conducted in Hong Kong and Wuhan, China, show that survivors grapple with poorer functioning in their lungs, heart and liver. And that may be the tip of the iceberg.

The coronavirus is now known to attack many parts of the body beyond the respiratory system, causing damage from the eyeballs to the toes, the gut to the kidneys. Patients’ immune systems can go into overdrive to fight off the infection, compounding the damage done.

While researchers are only starting to track the long-term health of survivors, past epidemics caused by similar viruses show that the aftermath can last more than a decade. According to one study, survivors of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, suffered lung infections, higher cholesterol levels and were falling sick more frequently than others for as long as 12 years after the epidemic coursed through Asia, killing almost 800 people. 

The Chinese proven method of containing Covid 19

Whether the US or any other country believes the Chinese method or not, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Currently China has so few Covid 19 cases that can be counted with your figures. 

Yesterday US reported 38,853 new cases, the highest number of new cases in one single day. Yet President Trump does not want to follow the Chines proven method. 

Trump does not even believe in wearing a face mask. He does not want to lockdown cities because he considers economy is more important than human lives. 

The Chinese government considers human lives is more important than its economy. As soon as the Coronavirus was discovered in Wuhan, a city of 12 million people, the whole city was lockdown   immediately. Start testing and contact tracing the patients and especially the people they were in contact in the last 14 days. All the patients were hospitalised and confined. No visitors were allowed. 

Only when the number of daily new cases was reducing, the lockdown was slowly lifted and people were allowed to go out to do their normal chores. Nevertheless, all the people must wear face masks and must practise social distancing. They must not stand nearer than 6 feet from one another.

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