The doctors from Hong Kong reported.
People who have recovered after suffering from Novel Coronavirus can still suffer from 20-30% lesser lung capacity, reported South China Morning Post. The findings were released by hospital authority Thursday after observing the first group of discharged coronavirus patients. Till now, the city has 191 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths. Of them, 74 patients have been discharged while one probable coronavirus case has also recovered. The medical director of the authority’s Infectious Disease Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung, Dr. Owen Tsang Tak-yin said, "They gasp if they walk a bit more quickly. Some patients might have around a drop of 20 to 30 percent in lung function [after recovery].”
Tsang is also known to lead an authority task force on the clinical management of infection where patients would undergo tests to determine how much lung function they still had. After reviewing the lung scans of the infected patients, they found patterns similar to frosted glass in all of them, suggesting there was organ damage. But Tsang also added that even though the patients have suffered some form of organ damage, there is no indication yet that the condition will become worse. He suggested the patients perform certain cardiovascular exercises such as swimming to help the lungs recover gradually.
The public hospitals are also all set to conduct clinical trials on remdesivir, a drug that was used during Ebola to see how effective it is on Coronavirus. Tsang also informed that the drug has already been dispatched to the hospitals and the team of doctors has started identifying patients who are fit for the trials, which were expected to begin in the middle of this month. As a precaution, the doctor also added that the drugs could pose some complications, such as affecting liver function and leading to inflammation of the blood vessels.
At present, the patients of COVID-19 are being treated with Kaletra, a drug originally for HIV/Aids; Ribavirin, which was also used for hepatitis C; and interferon.