Lung damage after COVID-19 does improve in time

Impairment lingers but lungs appear to 'have a repair mechanism', first study shows

Patients with COVID-19 may suffer long-term lung damage but this tends to improve over time, according to what is believed to be the first prospective follow up of patients infected with SARS-CoV-2.

At the European Respiratory Society International Virtual Congress, lead investigator Dr Sabina Sahanic (PhD), from University Clinic of Internal Medicine in Innsbruck, Austria, reported pulmonary findings on 86 COVID-19 patients evaluated at six and 12 weeks after discharge.

"The bad news is that people show lung impairment