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Chinese Crown Update: Covid-19 can cause long-term organ damage; China Adds Aftermath to Health Insurance | World News


BEIJING: China’s health authority has officially listed damage to a number of internal organs as one of the possible effects of the new coronavirus, expanding health insurance coverage for patients as long-term illness emerges.
The China National Health Commission (NHC), in its guidelines on Covid-19 survivors, said some recovered patients would need treatment for lung and heart damage, movement problems due to muscle loss and psychological disorders .
In addition to informing health workers of patients’ potential long-term treatment needs, authorities have classified these conditions as chronic illnesses, allowing residents to claim medical expenses under health insurance schemes administered by the government.
“As the number of Covid-19 patients discharged from the hospital increases, rehabilitation needs have become prominent,” the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post in Sunda reported, citing NHC guidelines.
As of Saturday, 78,227 people in China have recovered from the disease since the government began acting on Jan. 23 to contain the infection.
The new coronavirus, which emerged in Wuhan in December last year, has killed more than 312,000 people worldwide and infected more than 4.6 million people.
As of Saturday, the number of coronavirus cases was 82,947 in China. Of the total cases, 86 patients were being treated.
The deadly virus has claimed 4,634 lives in the country, the NHC said.
Understanding of the effects of the new coronavirus on patients’ organs grows, even after they apparently recover.
While most patients, especially those with mild and moderate symptoms, can recover without long-term consequences for their health, studies indicated that those with severe symptoms can have organ damage and require a much longer time for rehabilitation, according to the report.
The NHC said that some Covid-19 patients could also develop heart problems such as angina and arrhythmia, conditions that could result directly from the virus or arise after a patient has been bedridden for a long time.
The guidelines also list possible Covid-19-derived mental health problems, including depression, insomnia, eating disorders, and various changes in cognitive functions. Other problems identified in the guidelines include loss of limb and muscle function, the Post reported.

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