The Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has alerted that many covid-19 patientswhether or not they have been hospitalized, may experience serious long-term effects.
Although it is not known how many people who have overcome the coronavirus continue to experience serious effects of the disease, Tedros recalled that many people suffer “persistent” complications for the long-term covid-19. “It is really worrying how many symptoms fluctuate over time, which often overlap and can affect any system in the body,” said the WHO director-general. Symptoms ranging from fatigue to coughing or shortness of breath, to inflammation and damage to major organs, including the lungs and heart, and even neurological and psychological effects.
Long-term serious effects
After hearing the testimony of several people who have overcome covid-19 but who suffer significant consequences from the virus, Tedros has asked governments around the world to be aware that the virus can have serious long-term effects and that they have to guarantee access to healthcare for all patients.
“This virus poses a major risk and these people need a long term care to recover completely, which shows that group immunity is not effective and would cause a very large number of people who would have to face a long recovery “, he commented.
For its part, Maria Van Kerkhove, Doctor in charge of Emerging Diseases and Zoonoses at WHO has ensured that the new coronavirus is mutating in a way “quite slow”. “We are seeing that the virus is relatively stable, although it is important to analyze the sequences of the coronavirus genome in different countries to see what changes are important.”
The doctor has also reported that there are more than 180,000 coronavirus genome sequences available, although he has insisted that more are needed and that these have to be carried out in rich and poor countries. “The database we have is mainly from countries with high purchasing power, so we need more resources to do sequences in low and middle income areas,” he concluded.