COVID-19 appears as if it will continue to be part of our lives for the foreseeable future. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, it’s important to understand that the effects of COVID-19 can impact your health long after you’re no longer actively infected with the virus. PulseAir Heart & Lung Centre wants you to understand the potential long-term effects of the virus and encourages you to get vaccinated to protect yourself and your family.
COVID-19 Impacts on Mental Health
The most common effect of COVID-19 with the widest impact will likely be on our collective mental health. Think of all the things we’ve had to endure during this pandemic. We needed to quarantine in our homes, which left us unable to see the people we loved the most for months. Many of us felt dread anytime we needed to go out in public, fearing that we would get infected with the virus. Many of those fears will linger for a long time. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, please contact your doctor to address these concerns and get help.
COVID-19 Clotting Issues
Blood clotting is a very serious problem that can impact multiple organ systems. Preliminary data on long-term COVID patients has shown that some patients may experience an increased risk for blood clotting issues. Blood clotting can impact your:
- Leg blood vessels
Clotting issues can lead to very serious health problems throughout your life. We encourage you to talk to your doctor if you’ve had COVID in the past. Your doctor will then assess your risk for clotting issues.
Organ Damage from COVID-19
Many people have seen irreversible damage done to their lungs as a result of contracting COVID-19. But the lungs aren’t the only organ system that can experience long-term effects related to COVID-19. Long-term damage from COVID can include:
- Heart damage, including myocarditis
- Chronic kidney disease
- Inflamed organ tissue
PulseAir’s team specializes in providing respiratory services to our patients. If you need anything from our staff, please contact us to speak to our team.