Infectious disease scientists are just beginning to become aware of the wide range of health problems that coronavirus can cause. Some effects may have long-term effects on patients for many years, a new study showed.
In addition to respiratory problems that cause patients to suffocate, COVID-19 affects many organ systems, in some cases causing catastrophic damage. “We thought it was only a respiratory virus. It turns out that it also affects the pancreas, heart, kidneys, liver, nervous system and brain. We did not appreciate it from the start, ”says Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.
Also, patients with COVID-19 may experience bleeding disorders, which can lead to a stroke, and severe inflammation that affects several organ systems. The virus can also cause neurological complications that range from headaches, dizziness, and loss of taste or smell to seizures and confusion. Recovery can be slow, incomplete, and expensive, which has a huge impact on quality of life.