Coronavirus: Warning thousands could be left with lung damage

Anthony McHugh spent a total of four weeks in hospital with Covid-19.

(Jim Reed & Sophie Hutchinson/BBC News) — Tens of thousands of people will need to be recalled to hospital after a serious Covid-19 infection to check if they have been left with permanent lung damage, doctors have told the BBC.

Experts are concerned a significant proportion could be left with lung scarring, known as pulmonary fibrosis.

The condition is irreversible and symptoms can include severe shortness of breath, coughing and fatigue.

National Health Service (NHS) England said it was opening specialist rehabilitation centres.

Retired taxi driver Anthony McHugh, 68, was admitted to hospital on 6 March with coronavirus symptoms. His condition deteriorated and he was transferred to intensive care and placed on a ventilator for 13 days.

“I was feeling breathless then I just remember being rushed into ICU and after that it was all just a blank,” he said. (…)

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