WHO concerns over long-term symptoms of pandemic
Published: 07:11 PM, 31 October 2020
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern over the long-term symptoms of the pandemic coronavirus.
“People facing the long-term effects of Covid-19 must be given time and care to fully recover, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference in Geneva on Friday.
He called upon the heads of government to take necessary steps as some of the patients infected with Covid-19 had symptoms of various long-term diseases including damage to major organs of the body.
“While we’re still learning a lot new about COVID, it’s clear that the Covid-19 doesn’t only kill people but also has a long-term effect on a significant number of people,” Tedros said.
These range from fatigue, coughing and shortness of breath to inflammation and damage to major organs, including the lungs and heart, as well as neurological and psychological effects. Symptoms often increase and can affect any system in the human body. As a result, it is important to recognize the long-term effects and ensure health care for such patients, said the WHO chief.