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Is Permanent lung damage possible with COVID-19? Should we be concerned?
We are hearing more about the possibility of permanent lung damage with patients who recover from COVID-19. If you get the Corona Virus and recovery, are you at risk of permanent lung damage? In this video I discuss the following articles to determine if this is true.

People infected with swine flu and PAX sometimes took many months for their lungs to recover.
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Possible long-term lung damage. How worried should I be?

Possible long-term lung damage. How worried should I be? from CoronavirusWA

“We found some fibrosis [scarring] in the lungs, but we don’t know if that is reversible,” Osamah Alwalid, a radiologist at Wuhan Union Hospital, says.
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Coronavirus: What are the worst symptoms and how deadly is covid-19?
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2235847-coronavirus-what-are-the-worst-symptoms-and-how-deadly-is-covid-19/

“Unlike SARS and MERS — where initial chest imaging abnormalities are more frequently unilateral — COVID-19 is more likely to involve both lungs on initial imaging.”
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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) imaging features overlap with SARS and MERS
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/02/200228142018.htm

“For these patients who essentially present in progressive respiratory failure, the damage to the lungs is rapid and widespread (as evidenced in the VR video),” Mortman said in an email. “Unfortunately, once damaged to this degree, the lungs can take a long time to heal. For approximately 2-4% (depending on which numbers you believe) of patients with Covid-19, the damage is irreversible and they will succumb to the disease.”
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Video reveals lung damage in US coronavirus patient: ‘People need to take this seriously’
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/health/covid-19-lung-damage-video/index.html

“The predominant imaging pattern is of ground-glass opacification with occasional consolidation in the peripheries. Pleural effusions and lymphadenopathy were absent in all cases. Patients demonstrate evolution of the ground-glass opacities into consolidation, and subsequent resolution of the airspaces changes. Ground-glass and consolidative opacities visible on CT are sometimes undetectable on chest radiographs, suggesting that CT is a more sensitive imaging modality for investigation. The systematic review identified 4 other studies confirming the findings of bilateral and peripheral ground glass with or without consolidation as the predominant finding on CT chest examinations.”
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Imaging Profile of the COVID-19 Infection: Radiologic Findings and Literature Review
https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/ryct.2020200034?fbclid=IwAR1Mgen6mA49JNRU8dpYy0b31yVk60YfDmU23iEFUoAjEQ9np1IXWjZthDw&

What is Ground Glass Opacities?
“Ground glass opacities [are] a pattern that can be seen when the lungs are sick,” says Dr. Cortopassi. She adds that, while normal lung CT scans appear black, an abnormal chest CT with GGOs will show lighter-colored or gray patches.
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What Do ‘Ground Glass Opacities’ Mean in Lung Scans of COVID-19 Patients?
https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/ground-glass-opacities-covid-19

“It is now undisputed that Covid-19 should be taken seriously as a serious illness. How the late effects will have an impact will only become clear step by step. Recovered patients in diving are also at particular risk. The massive changes in the lungs can significantly increase the risk of accidents, said the senior physician of the Innsbruck University Clinic, Frank Hartig.”
“This is shocking, we don’t understand what’s going on here. They are probably lifelong patients, so it doesn’t matter whether they dive again or not,” said the doctor. The bad news was made clear by lung CTs. “They didn’t get any better at all in imaging,” said Hartig. “As an emergency doctor with 20 years of experience, you swallow when you see something like this in a 40-year-old patient.
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The Innsbruck University Clinic has found lung damage in recovered Covid sufferers. The damage is apparently permanent.
https://www.rainews.it/tgr/tagesschau/articoli/2020/04/tag-Coronavirus-Lungeschaden-Forschung-Uniklinik-Innsbruck-6708e11e-28dc-4843-a760-e7f926ace61c.html

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