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‘Most of the patients who recovered in Wuhan suffer lung damage’


Ninety percent of a sample group of recovered coronavirus patients from a prominent hospital in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the pandemic broke out, have reported lung damage and five percent of them are back in quarantine after testing positive for the virus, according to a media report on Wednesday
A team from Wuhan University Zhongnan Hospital led by Peng Zhiyong, director of the hospital’s ICU, has been conducting follow-up visits with 100 recovered patients since April. The first phase of this one-year program ended in July. The average age of the patients in the study is 59 years. According to the results of the first phase, 90% of the patients’ lungs are still in a damaged state, which means that their lung ventilation and gas exchange functions have not recovered to the level of people’s health, the State Global Times.
Some recovered patients have to rely on oxygen machines even three months after being discharged from the hospital, Liang Tengxiao, a doctor from Beijing, was quoted as saying. The results also showed that antibodies against the coronavirus in 10% of the 100 patients have disappeared. “The results also revealed that the patients’ immune systems are still recovering,” said Peng.

Times of India