COVID-19 may cause long-term organ damage

The virus can affect the liver, kidneys, the brain and primarily the lungs

The effects COVID-19 has on organs

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - The Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District is warning residents that have had COVID-19 could be at risk for developing long-term organ damage.

“Every bodily organ system can be infected by this virus,” said Dr. Robert McBroom, medical director at the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District.

According to McBroom, the kidneys, liver and brain can all be affected by the virus, but the organs that seems to be the most targeted are the lungs.

“The damage that is caused results from the intense inflammatory response in all the structures of the lung but particularly in the blood vessels,” said McBroom.

He says the inflammation can also be dangerous because it can cause blood clots in the lungs.

“Stop the blood from getting not only to and through the lungs but getting to the little organelles, the little air pockets where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place,” said McBroom.

According to the health district, out of 15 percent of moderate cases of COVID-19, only two percent or less develop long term organ damage.

However, everyone should be aware that if they are experiencing symptoms lasting longer than a couple of weeks, they should see a doctor.

Health experts like McBroom say eating healthy and maintaining a good height/weight BMI ratio is the best way to protect vital organ systems.

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