JAMA: COVID causes Permanent Lung Damage in Over 1/3 of Hospitalized Patients
A study published in the journal Radiology, examined lung scans (CT) of hospitalized COVID patients (n=144) at 6 months, 12 months, and 2 years after COVID symptom onset. Patient ages ranged from 27 to 80 years.
Over one-third had lung abnormalities including scarring and thickening 2 years later.
The number of patients with fibrotic abnormalities was constant throughout the follow-up period.
Patients with lung abnormalities also reported more respiratory symptoms including cough and shortness of breath and had worse pulmonary diffusion than those whose CT scans were clear.