Lungs can repair themselves in three months after Covid-19, say ...

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Lungs can repair themselves in three months after Covid-19, say doctors

Study indicates that though patients suffer serious effects, these tend to heal more quickly than expected

Henry Bodkin

Lungs can repair themselves after a serious bout of Covid-19 in three months, a new study has revealed, raising hope patients will not live with debilitating symptoms for years.

Doctors said trials showed nearly half of patients had no evidence of lung damage at 12 weeks. Though they confirmed long-standing fears that patients can suffer serious effects weeks after recovering from the virus, the results were the first to show that these tended to heal over time.

Eighty-six patients from an outbreak hotspot in the Tyrol region of Austria were admitted to hospital between April 29 and June 9, then followed up at six, 12 and 24 weeks after discharge...

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