Doctors studying long-term effects of COVID-19 in patients who have recovered


More than 118,000 people have recovered from the Coronavirus since March in Louisiana, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Now, doctors are studying some of the lingering health effects they’re seeing in some of those who have recovered.

“We now there’s a short number of people who get severe illness, and in those that’s where we’re seeing the majority of the lingering effects after COVID” said Dr. Aldo Russo, Regional Medical Director at Ochsner Medical Center.

“For example, somebody who has severe pneumonia may develop scar tissue, so they’ll end up with some residual shortness of breath long term” Dr. Russo said. “I might advise to have consultations with [your] physicians and pulmonary specialists” he said.

“Sometimes we see these effects last three to four months so we’re hoping that enrolling in some kind of rehabilitation program will help” said Dr. Russo.

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