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  • Writer's pictureDr. Mrinmayee Koltharkar

Lung Patients to Practice Social Shielding to Tackle Coronavirus

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

Doctors in Hong Kong have found that some patients might have a drop of 20 to 30% in lung function even after full recovery from the novel coronavirus. They can be left with substantially weakened lung capacity making them gasp for air when walking quickly. Researchers in Britain’s University College London analyzed studies of COVID-19 patients from China and found that COPD patients were 6.4 times more likely to develop severe disease, and 17.8 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care. Amidst the ‘accelerating’ Coronavirus outbreak where the World has already taken measures of Social distancing and Self isolation to prevent further spread, we should now urge patients into Social Shielding.

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