COVID-19 patients may struggle with lasting consequences, even long after the virus has cleared. There are a number of conditions now coming to light as possible lingering effects including some that may be lifelong. New reports suggest COVID-19 could be leaving staggering numbers of heart injuries in its wake for as many as 60% of those who have severe symptoms.
Reports have been flooding in on the effects COVID-19 can have on the heart, with as many as 60% of those with severe illnesses facing lasting damage. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isn’t unique in this aspect. Other viruses like adenovirus and enterovirus can also have cardiovascular effects, but this infection may have a few extra tricks up its sleeve.
Doctors are still looking into the best ways to protect patients with severe COVID-19 complications, but a few treatment options look promising. A report detailing an infant’s recovery from COVID-19-induced myocardial damage shows potential in a compound called sodium creatine phosphate. Other researchers are looking at antimicrobials, steroids and plasma therapy as possible options. Treatments that affect the availability of ACE2 on the cells could also help to prevent infection and subsequent damage. All of these and other efforts are still underway to help those most affected but at this time, it's still looking pretty bleak.
The complications of COVID-19 can be serious and long-lasting, with heart problems only adding to the list of possible long-term issues. Doctors and researchers are doing their best but until they gain the upper hand, prevention is still the best defense and current knowledge suggests that we can best protect each other by using masks and practicing social distancing. So let's all make an effort to protect those around us because this virus looks like it may stick around for a while, and the damage is just barely coming to light. Stay safe out there.
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