Lung damage may shed light on 'long COVID-19'

A post-mortem study suggests SARS-CoV-2 persists for long periods inside the lungs causing 'vast destruction'

A study of the lungs of people who have died from COVID-19 has found persistent and extensive damage in most cases and may help doctors understand what is behind a syndrome known as 'long COVID'.

Scientists leading the research say they also found some unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 that may explain why it is able to inflict such harm.

"The findings indicate 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