‘Virus has lifelong impact, including increased Alzheimer’s risk’

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‘Virus has lifelong impact, including increased Alzheimer’s risk’

One third of patients treated in hospital could suffer fatigue, lung damage or psychological trauma

Laura Donnelly and Victoria Ward

One in three patients who recovers from Covid-19 could be harmed for life, with long-term damage to their lungs, as well as chronic fatigue and psychological disturbances, research suggests.

Experts said there was growing evidence that the virus could cause persistent or even permanent trauma, including impairment to the brain and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Guidance provided by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) suggests that about 30% of patients there who recover from Covid-19 may be left with damaged and scarred lung tissue, if it follows patterns of similar diseases...

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