Although about 80 per cent of people with symptoms of Covid-19 experience only a mild form of the disease, those patients who have spent time in intensive care units (ICU) often have long months of rehabilitation ahead of them.
How long is recovery? Although more time needs to pass to study recovering patients, scientists are using the experience of a previous coronavirus pandemic to predict what COVID-19 survivors can expect. A large-scale analysis of SARS patients during the 2003 pandemic found reduced lung function for a significant proportion of patients even six months after leaving the hospital. Other studies indicate that if the patient suffered ARDS, full lung capacity could take 5 years to recover. During this period they may experience a reduced quality of life, for example, they can exercise less than normal and potentially suffer from neuropsychological disorders. Sadly, there is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, but its progress can be slowed down with drugs.
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