Some who've recovered from COVID-19 have been left with issues

Lasting effects of COVID-19

To date, 2,603 British Columbians have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, while 160 active cases remain. But many who've recovered have been left with lasting health problems.

During Thursday's COVID-19 press conference, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry addressed the virus' lasting effects doctors have seen in B.C.

“We've come to learn that this virus affects many different systems in the body,” Dr. Henry said.

“What we are seeing is that there are things like clotting effects that people can have for a period of time, and we know that there are some cognitive effects, that there have been people who have had small strokes related to infection with the virus.

“There is often a confusion that we don't know exactly if it's from infection or whether it is exacerbation of the immune system causing cognitive disfunction over time. There have been reports of that as well.”

She also noted that some people have developed scarring on their lungs from the virus, which has led to challenges with breathing. The most common issue she's heard of in B.C. is a “profound fatigue that takes a long time to get over.”

Dr. Henry added that people who've been hospitalized with the virus tend to have more prolonged issues after recovery.

Several clinics in the province are currently following up with people who've recovered from the virus, and data is being collected in B.C., across Canada and around the world to help learn more about the lasting impacts of the new disease.

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