Six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, and with more than 380,000 people dead, the picture we have of Sars-CoV-2 remains opaque and unclear. Thousands of papers and reports have flooded the academic sphere during this period, as scientists have rushed to understand the virus, which, according to the journal Science, “acts like no pathogen humanity has ever seen”.
As governments have scrambled to stabilise the spread of Covid-19 within their countries, enforcing far-reaching mitigation measures that have overhauled the normalities of day-to-day life, our perception of this deadly disease has slowly shifted and changed.
What this means for the long-term health implications of patients has yet to be fully established, but the growing evidence suggests that even those who suffered from a mild case of Covid-19 may go on to struggle with issues long after the virus has left their bodies.
“What we have been seeing in hospitals is the tip of the iceberg,” Professor Roberto Pedretti, head of cardiology at the Clinical Scientific Institute in Pavia, Italy, told Good Health.