Signs of damage to multiple organs have been reported in young and previously healthy people with ongoing coronavirus symptoms four months after their initial infection, a British study has revealed.
The Coverscan study aims to assess the long-term impact of Covid-19 on organ health in around 500 “low-risk” individuals, mainly those who are relatively young with ongoing coronavirus symptoms, but without any major underlying health issues, The Guardian reported.
Preliminary data from the first 200 patients suggested that four months since their initial illness, almost 70 per cent have reported damages in one or more organs, including the heart, lungs, liver and pancreas.
“The good news is that the impairment is mild, but even with a conservative lens, there is some impairment, and in 25 per cent of people it affects two or more organs,” Amitava Banerjee, a cardiologist and associate professor of clinical data science at University College London was quoted as saying.
“This is of interest because we need to know if (the impairments) continue or improve, or if there is a subgroup of people who could get worse,” Banerjee said.
Another 24,962 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 1,369,318, according to official figures released Sunday.