‘Massive’ damage in the lungs may unlock mystery of ‘long Covid’

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‘Massive’ damage in the lungs may unlock mystery of ‘long Covid’

Researchers study organs of virus victims to shed light on symptoms that persist long after recovery

Kate Kelland

A study of the lungs of people who have died from Covid-19 has found persistent and extensive lung damage in most cases and may help doctors understand what is behind a syndrome known as “long Covid”, in which patients suffer ongoing symptoms for months.

Scientists leading the research said they also found some unique characteristics of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, which may explain why it is able to inflict such harm.

“The findings indicate that Covid-19 is not simply a disease caused by the death of virus-infected cells, but is likely the consequence of these abnormal cells persisting for long periods inside the lungs,” said Mauro Giacca, a professor at King’s College London who co-led the work...

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