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CORONAVIRUS CASUALTIES (Oct 28):- GLOBAL:- Total Cases: 4,46,01,770; Total Deaths: 11,76,678 Recovered: 3,26,16,456 BELGIUM:- Total Cases: 3,47,289; Total Deaths: 11,038 BRAZIL:- Total Cases: 54,45,475; Total deaths: 1,58,101 CANADA:- Total Cases: 2,24,653; Total Deaths: 10,023 CHINA:- Total Cases: 85,868; Total Deaths: 4,635 FRANCE:- Total Cases: 11,98,695; Total Deaths: 35,541 GERMANY:- Total Cases: 4,77,203; Total Deaths: 10,347 INDIA:- Total Cases: 80,34,702; Total Deaths: 1,20,524 INDONESIA:- Total Cases: 4,00,483;Total Deaths: 13,612 IRAN:- Total Cases: 5,88,648; Total Deaths: 33,714 ITALY:- Total Cases: 5,89,766; Total Deaths: 37,905 JAPAN:- Total Cases: 98,116; Total Deaths: 1,730 MEXICO:-Total Cases: 9,01,268; Total Deaths: 89,814 NETHERLANDS:- Total Cases: 3,19,991; Total Deaths: 7,202 PHILIPPINES:- Total Cases: 3,75,180; Total Deaths: 7,114 RUSSIA:- Total Cases: 15,63,976; Total Deaths: 26,935 S KOREA:- Total Cases: 26,146; Total Deaths: 461 SPAIN:-Total Cases: 11,94,681; Total Deaths: 35,466 SWEDEN:- Total Cases: 1,17,913 Total Deaths: 5,933 SWITZERLAND:-Total Cases: 1,35,658; Total Deaths: 2,158 UAE:- Total Cases: 1,29,024; Total Deaths: 485 UK:- Total Cases: 9,42,275; Total Deaths: 45,675; US:- Total Cases: 90,86,312; Total Deaths: 2,32,709 - India Travel Times.Com   [Estd: 1998]       * * *    Travel, More Travel, Travel Means A Million Things     * * *    
70% recovered corona patients present severe lung damages

Researchers undertook a study of 55 patients who were discharged about three months earlier. Discharge is not the end of the story. Convalescence in corona patients will be a drawn-out process. Seventy per cent of the patients studied presented lung scans showing severe damages. (Sometimes confused as reinfection.) They had elevated levels of D-dimer needing urgent pulmonary rehabilitation to restore the lung function.

by RM NAIR

NEW DELHI, Sept 18: The latest NIH 'prognosis' on convalescence in coronavirus recovered patients fills us with a foreboding feeling. (The NIH - Naional Institutes of Health - in Washington is the top-most medical research body in the world.)

Coronavirus is taking on the entire world! So many months later, there is no sign of the killing spree slowing down. Till the time of writing, it has infected 3,03,56,634 people and 9,50,625 lives have been snuffed out around the world, reminiscent of the Spanish flu a hundred years ago.

Not much is known about the new sort of mysterious pathogen yet doctors as the days pass on are learning more from the patients and are able to treat the next lot even better, the recovery rate becoming better and better.

However, an NIH analysis of a Chinese study has shown that those who have recovered face still worse times ahead. Every passing day there is a new discovery on the impact the rampaging virus has on our system.

In the study, most of the patients had mild or moderate respiratory illness while hospitalized. Only four of the 55 participants in the study had been classified as severely ill. Fourteen patients required supplemental oxygen while in the hospital, but none needed mechanical ventilation.

The study conducted in China has thrown new light on corona effect on the lungs that can persist for several months. This is a possibility in the cases of mild attacks of the infection too, unlike what has been thought of.

Seventy per cent of the patients studied have presented lung scans showing severe damages. The symptoms of covid including shortness of breath, cough, gastrointestinal problems, headache or fatigue contnued. Thirty-nine of the study’s participants had an abnormal result in their computed tomography (CT) lung scan.

Those showing persisiting lung problem also had elevated levels of D- dimer. D-dimer is a protein fragment that appears when blood clots dissolve. The test can identify who needs pulmonary rehabilitation to rebuild their lung function.

Inversely, this indicates a feature of coronavirus to stimulate blood clotting, a problem usuallly addressed by administering blood thinners. In short, it may be stated that D-dimer has a definite role to be invcluded as a tool in convalescence programmes.

Therefore, discharge from hospital does not mark the end of the problem. Convalescence in corona patients will be a long, drawn-out process lasting several months involving continuous investigations with D-dimers and CT scans etc.

(Pix: Spirometer testing breathing capacity)

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