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Many people ‘don’t recover’: Health expert’s warning about virus

4 weeks ago 17

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has echoed the words of Queensland’s top health experts in discussing the long-term health impacts of coronavirus.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Mr Andrews said COVID-19 was something that “affects us all” and not just those who become gravely ill or die.

“This is not something anyone wants to get,” Mr Andrews said.

“It presents in some … indeed I think the research is starting to point to the fact that it presents in many as more like a chronic condition than a cold that you just get over.

“Whether it be fatigue and other lasting symptoms, this is not something anyone wants to get.”

Mr Andrews’ comments followed the health warning put out by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer this morning that explained how the coronavirus can become a “chronic condition”.

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“For most people, COVID-19 is a mild disease,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said in a video posted to Twitter.

“But unfortunately as we learn more about the virus, we‘re learning that for a reasonable number of people, they don’t recover.

“They’ll have long-term consequences from the disease.

“That’s because this virus doesn’t just affect the lungs. Unlike flu, this virus can affect every part of the body.

“That means although someone might fully recover from the infection, they can have long-term consequences that affect not just their lungs but their heart, their kidneys, their blood vessels and their brain. And that can cause significant ongoing disease.”

Dr Young’s warning comes as Queensland recorded four new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which are all related to the outbreak at a correctional training centre.

There are 24 active cases in the state.

On Friday evening, Queensland Health issued a public health alert, with dozens of new locations visited by people who have since been confirmed to have coronavirus.

The new locations were visited by infectious people between August 15 and August 27 and span from Toowoomba to Pimpama.

“Also, it’s not just older people who are dying from this disease,” the doctor continued, to encourage Queenslanders to do the right thing.

“The University of Glasgow did some superb research that showed on average, someone who has contracted COVID-19 on average lost ten years of life, that they would have otherwise expected to have.

“That’s taking into consideration the age of that person, the sex of that person and any chronic disease that person had.

“That means that there are quite a number of people who are dying much earlier than they otherwise would have expected to die.

“This is a very, very serious disease.

“So I’m so glad Queenslanders have taken on the challenge to make sure the disease doesn’t get out into our community.”

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