Prof. Dr. Reha Baran, a specialist in chest diseases, spoke about the important effects of Covid-19 on the lungs and the problems that arose during the prolonged period of Covid (Post-Covid), and made important warnings and suggestions on the precautions to be taken.
Baran said: “In 19-10 percent of those infected with the covid-20 infection, the epidemic disease of the century, the tables that we call prolonged covid can occur, showing changes in some systems. It cannot yet be said that the pandemic is over and the danger has passed, and much more care must be taken, especially in the autumn and winter months, since the coronavirus likes to cling to the respiratory tract with its new variants. and it spreads very easily. he said he.
Prof. Dr. Reha Baran, a specialist in chest diseases at Acıbadem Fulya Hospital, said: “Post-Covid, which shows changes in some systems, can occur in 10-20 percent of people who have the disease. For example; Although fatigue and tiredness can last up to 3-6 months, problems such as prolonged coughing, forgetfulness, concentration disorders, sleeping problems, panic attacks and anxiety disorders can be experienced. Highlighting that the Covid-2019 pandemic, which has spread rapidly in the world since December 2020 and which affected our country as of March 19, continues to be a threat. Dr. Reha Baran says: “With the development of simultaneous vaccines and the administration of booster doses (booster vaccine), deaths from Covid-19, the number of hospitalizations have decreased and become less painful in terms of burden. of health. Life has returned to its normal flow. However, it is not possible to say that the pandemic is over and the danger has passed. Due to the nature of the coronavirus, there is always a risk of developing new variants and spreading them to the community very quickly.” he used his statements.
Strict measures must be taken!
Emphasizing that the coronavirus can be transmitted very easily because it likes to stick to the airways, Prof. Dr. Reha Baran said: “The epidemic is sure to change its direction upwards again these days when the cold weather starts with the autumn and closed environments fill up. Therefore, it is imperative that the mask and distance rule are meticulously enforced and that vaccinations continue without issue. We must not forget that this disease, which is very critical in autumn and winter, can reappear. For this reason, staying away from the crowd as much as possible, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently will be the most important method of protection. he said.
Some with cold, some with loss of life!
Prof. Dr. Reha Baran, a specialist in chest diseases, said that after the coronavirus enters the respiratory tract, the body’s defense system works and draws the boundaries of the disease, while in some it is a process that leads to death, while in others it can happen with a cold.
Emphasizing that the virus causes inflammation throughout the body and that all organs are affected by this inflammatory process, Prof. Dr. Reha Baran said:
“Because it loves the respiratory system and can be easily calmed down, the most common symptoms are cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, sore throat, loss of smell and taste, and headache. General symptoms, such as generalized body pain, nausea, and fatigue, are the general response to an inflammatory reaction. In addition, there may be organ-specific symptoms and signs. For example; We can also find many conditions such as blood clots, pulmonary embolism, vascular occlusions, increased risk of heart attack, occlusion in cerebral vessels, polyneuropathies, what we call stroke or inflammation of nerve endings, diarrhea, facial paralysis.
Breathing problems can be permanent!
Stating that the risk of death in the patient and the risk of long-term permanent respiratory problems increase if Covid-19 is involved in the lung and becomes widespread, Prof. Dr. Reha Baran stated that coughing can be severe due to sensitivity in the respiratory tract.
Prof. Dr. Reha Baran said: “When the involvement exceeds 50 per cent of the entire lung, high-flow oxygen therapy, mask oxygen therapy and intensive care conditions may be required. Bacterial infections in addition to the virus at these stages double the risk and the patient may need to be intubated. In addition, the formation of clots in the pulmonary vessels, increased risk of heart attack, neurological problems also bring additional burdens. Despite all this, the mortality rate is fortunately low. Especially in recent Kazan, the experience gained and the increase in drugs used in treatment have further reduced mortality rates.” he said he.