As COVID-19 spikes in many hotspots around the United States, countries around the world are grappling with the impact of the virus—and studying patients who have had it, to unlock its secrets. Now, a new study out of Jerusalem has discovered something everyone should know: 50% of coronavirus patients experience general weakness after fighting the virus, no matter how bad it was.
“At least half of coronavirus patients continue to suffer from general weakness and breathing difficulties at least weeks and possibly months after recovery, preliminary results of an Israeli research show,” reports i24. “The Pulmonary Institute at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem released its findings to media Sunday, which pertain to dozens of COVID-19 patients from mild to moderate and serious conditions. Around 50 percent suffer from symptoms after recovering, with no relation to the severity of the disease.”
General Weakness and Other Symptoms
“Moreover, the research found that patients mildly affected can have long-term pulmonary damage while those who were in serious condition do not necessarily report similar difficulties,” reports i24. Prof Gabriel Izbicki, director of the Pulmonary Institute and initiator of the research, said that “among the symptoms we examined, we found a general weakness in most subjects, complaints of coughing and/or shortness of breath, the occurrence of fibrosis/pulmonary embolism, obstruction, and suspected pulmonary hypertension.”
The research is still continuing. “We welcome any Israel-based COVID-19 patients who have been treated and released either in a hospital or in a ‘coronavirus hotel’ to participate in the study,” Izbicki said. “The earlier on in your post-treatment the better so that we can best analyze these symptoms for the betterment of future patients.”
The Virus is Spiking Around the Nation
The findings come at a time when it’s essential for every human to be aware of the risks and symptoms of COVID-19. In the past few days alone, the United States has seen a record number of cases, with Texas, California, and Florida being hit very hard. In Texas, “Harris County, which includes Houston, moved to its highest Covid-19 threat level, signaling a ‘severe and uncontrolled’ outbreak,” reports the Guardian. “The harsh truth is that our current infection rate is on pace to overwhelm our hospitals in the very near future,” Lina Hidalgo, the county judge, said at a press conference on Friday. “We opened too quickly.”
Now, leaders are imploring citizens to use caution. “Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations,” says the CDC. In addition, wash your hands frequently, don’t go out unless it’s essential, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.