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Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 often face LONG COVID, with a wide range of symptoms and different conditions. One of them is lungs disorder, which can occur from LONG COVID. If you notice any unusual symptom, you should consult a doctor so it can be treated properly.

Symptoms of LONG COVID 

  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Exhaustion 

***Symptom prevails without exerting.

Lungs and LONG COVID

COVID-19 sufferers whose lungs are severely inflamed, the inflammation can cause fibrosis in the lungs that reduces the lungs’ capacity and, thus, their ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. If the fibrosis occupies at least half of the capacity, it can affect everyday life after COVID.  For example, the person will become exhausted simply walking up the stairs and has to rest while the breathing harder than ever before.

The degree of lungs disorder from Long COVID depends on how severely the virus infects the patient.  If the lungs are mildly infected and the tissue is not damaged, the patient could recover within a short time.  But if the infection is severe and the lungs tissue is damage, recovery time will take longer; and this will clearly have an impact on the patient’s everyday life.  For example, with a little exertion, the patient already feels tired, exhausted and weak.  They can get sick easily, and their lungs often get infected. So, It is very important for COVID patients to visit their doctors and have their lungs assessed, to determine whether or not they are suffering from Long COVID.

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LONG COVID and Lungs Damage

Types of lungs damage that come with LONG COVID include:

  • Complication from fungal or bacterial infections during COVID-19 which cause severe symptoms for the first 3-4 weeks.  Once recovered, the lungs will need another 3-6 months to heal
  • Severe Lungs Inflammation causes fibrosis which decreases the lungs’ function, resulting in troubled breathing, and requires medication and physical therapy. Duration of the treatment will depend on severity of the inflammation.   
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Cardiovascular disorders

However, after recovering from COVID-19, the lungs need to recuperate before they can return to their normal condition. The recuperation period differs depending on the severity of symptoms and the patient. So, COVID patients should be aware of their conditions and consult their doctors regularly after the recovery.  Even if the patients only had mild symptoms, they could have Long COVID which would affect their lungs in the long run.

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