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What Are The Long-Term Health Effects For Those Who've Recovered From COVID-19?

Alberto Bernasconi/The Washington Post
A patient who recovered from COVID-19 gets evaluated in Bergamo, Italy.

  On this edition of Your Call, we’re taking your questions about COVID-19. The death toll in the US passed the 190,000 mark yesterday. Over 2.3 million people have recovered from COVID. What do we now know about long-term health effects?

Studies have found that COVID can disrupt the immune system and cause both lung and heart damage. Symptoms like ‘brain fog’, fatigue, and breathing problems could last for months. We’ll also discuss epidemiologist’s concerns about the upcoming colder winter months and how close we are to a vaccine.


Dr. Albert Ko, Department Chair and Professor of Epidemiology and Infection Diseases at the Yale School of Medicine

Web Resources: 

The New York Times, Apoorva Mandavilli: How the Coronavirus Attacks the Brain

Scientific American, Carolyn Barber: COVID-19 Can Wreck Your Heart, Even if You Haven’t Had Any Symptoms 

The Atlantic, Derek Thompson: What Young, Healthy People Have to Fear From COVID-19 

The Washington Post, Chico Harlan & Stefano Pitrelli: Italy’s Bergamo is calling back coronavirus survivors. About half say they haven’t fully recovered. 

The Wall Street Journal, Caitlin McCabe: Key to Preventing Covid-19 Indoors: Ventilation